Theatre (solo show, physical theatre)

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  • Dance Base - Studio 1
  • 20:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Fishamble: The New Play Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Triple Fringe First, Olivier, and Herald Angel award winners Fishamble and Pat Kinevane present Before, a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin on the very day this iconic department store shuts – for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. Some folk are impossible to buy for... ‘Ireland’s excellent Fishamble’ (Guardian). 'A real showstopper’ **** (Irish Times). ‘A singular pleasure’ **** (Sunday Business Post). Supported by Culture Ireland.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Lift from street entrance to first floor
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Tricia Hagan 87 days ago

This was without doubt the best play we saw at the Fringe this year. A simple, tender story unfolds while Pat Kinevane's writing and mesmerising presence holds the audience from start to finish, as he utilises his wide repertoire of performance skills - music, mime and physical movement woven into the narrative. An intimate piece in a small venue - you'll be very lucky to get a ticket.

Paul Shank 96 days ago

This is a 'must-see' show. This is a story with music and dancing, not a musical, which is a collection of songs in search of a story-line. You'll be caught up in the story with the first words and it will stay with you long after the applause ends. A great work by a great artist.

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FringeReview 86 days ago

Described in the programme as “a new play with much music”  the main and only character, Pontius proclaims several times that he hates musicals! Pontius is a vibrant fellow with as much pain in his life as his broad smile and imagination. Before, is written and performed by Pat Kinevane and directed...

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Exeunt 88 days ago

Before is a musical for people who hate musicals. Written and performed by Pat Kinevane, it starts out as the straightforward tale of a man arriving in Dublin to meet the daughter he hasn’t seen in 17 years. Pontius needs to get home in time to milk the cows and...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

Pontius hasn’t seen his daughter for almost 20 years. He’s never forgotten her, she’s never forgotten him – and today they’ll meet in the centre of Dublin for an emotional reunion ...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 93 days ago

Yer man, Pat Kinevane is at it again! Making you split your sides at droll, dry humour that’s full of nippy observational details – and then bringing a sudden lump to your throat with the revelation of a...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

With a controlled swagger reminiscent of Robert Mitchum, Pat Kinevane, dressed in a shiny black raincoat, steps on stage through the dark ribboned curtain into some stunning lighting effects. Sounds of repeated exhalations turn to a chorus in the background and it’s clear that something very special is about to unfold. It’s a...

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The Herald [paywall] (5/5 stars) 97 days ago

YOU laugh. Of course you do, because writer and performer Pat Kinevane has the knack of comedic observation and the wit to make frailties and foibles funny. But the laughter is only setting you up for what will - like a pebble in your shoe - stop you in your tracks....

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

"This is the tale of a man trying desperately to hang on to his humanity through unimaginable ordeal – and where Kinevane really shines is in his connection to both the pain and the humanity, and his willingness to transmit that vulnerability within him. And there is no doubt that he plays it masterfully. From light quip to throaty roar of agony, it’s a rare privilege to watch."

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