Written and performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Living alone in Cork, Ireland, Luther is troubled but mischievous, lonely but hopeful. While he prepares for a big night out as an Elvis impersonator he reflects on his past and dares to dream of the future…maybe even of romance.
Like Ireland itself he’s been stepped on many times but keeps on dancing. Keeps his humor. Keeps seeking light in the darkness. Soon Luther’s evening unfurls into a mad tango between memory and wonder.
A veteran of the stage in Ireland, Pat Kinevane’s collaborations with Fishamble have been described by The Guardian as “dazzling” for their use of color, movement, and expression to create a singular emotional experience. Named a “Pick of the Fringe” at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, KING explores how our personal and collective history shape us into strange new forms, demanding courage at every turn.
Age guide: 14+. Contains themes of parental loss, mental health struggles and agoraphobia; strobe lighting and strong language/swearing.
Supported by Culture Ireland and Georganne Aldrich Heller
Fishamble discovers, develops and produces new plays of national importance with a global reach. It has toured its productions to audiences throughout Ireland, and to 20 other countries. It champions the role of the playwright, typically supporting over 50% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland each year. Fishamble has received many awards in Ireland and internationally, including an Olivier Award.
Read more at: www.fishamble.com
★★★★★ "Exceptional" – Mervyn Stutter's Pick Of The Fringe
★★★★ "Kinevane writes beautifully and delivers his words with wit and gravitas in equal measure, but it’s his connection with the audience that impresses most" – The Scotsman
★★★★ "The precise playing of Kinevane himself, I felt trust in the embrace of his expert timing. His is a riveting switch through tango fragments and wide vocal ranges, all amid a rococo juggle of purple props and sculptural light." – Morning Star
"Incredibly compelling and poignant narrative" – Irish Times