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En partenariat avec Fishamble: The New Play Company


  • Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April
  • 7.30pm
  • €10 (€7 for students and unemployed)

Reservation recommended

in English


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Written and performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton

CCI celebrates its longstanding relationship with Fishamble: The New Play Company by presenting Before, Pat Kinevane’s new play with music. Following on from Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, it is, in the words of the Edinburgh Festival magazine, ‘another profoundly affecting tour de force from Kinevane’. Before is set in Clery’s, an iconic department store on O’Connell Street in Dublin, on the very day it shuts – for ever. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost twenty years. He is to meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for…

'You fight back tears. Of course you do. It’s Kinevane - a rare and truly compelling talent' (The Herald, Scotland)

'extraordinary collaboration... soul-searching, achingly touching gem… [Kinevane is] a treasured force in Irish theatre.' ★★★★ (Sunday Times)

‘Incomparable… with boundless, heroic energy… he sings like a god… superb… Kinevane displays a complete, perfect mastery of his actor’s instrument… don’t miss this show.' (LA Times)

WINNER: HERALD ARCHANGEL AWARD, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019