UPDATE: Culture Ireland’s Edinburgh Showcase Programme - Pat Kinevane wins a Herald Archangel Award
UPDATE: On Sunday 11 August, Pat Kinevane was awarded a Herald Archangel Award for his ‘sustained and excellent contribution’ to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe over many years.
Over the last decade, Pat has performed his four one-man shows at Dance Base in Edinburgh, garnering five-star reviews and sell-out audiences.
All four shows (Silent, Forgotten, Underneath and Before) were produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company and directed by its Artistic Director, Jim Culleton.
Performances of Before continue at Dance Base until 25 August and tickets can be purchased here. The production will then return to Ireland for further national dates.
Culture Ireland congratulates Pat on his success and is delighted to support his international appearances, including all four appearances in Edinburgh. We also send congratulations to Jim and the entire Fishamble team as well as Dance Base, which has been Pat’s Edinburgh home for his Fringe appearances.
You can listen back to Pat Kinevane talking about the Award on Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio One here.
This year, Culture Ireland is supporting a diverse programme which includes presentation of dance and theatre in prime venues across Edinburgh. Oona Doherty’s Hard to be Soft: A Belfast Prayer will be presented at the Lyceum as part of Edinburgh International Festival and eight Irish theatre and dance productions are being supported as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme. Included are The Patient Gloria by Gina Moxley at the Traverse, an Abbey Theatre co-production which had a sell-out run as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival last year.
Dance Base, a regular partner in Culture Ireland’s Edinburgh Showcase Programme, is presenting a new show produced by Fishamble Before by Pat Kinevane, a Fringe First winner in 2015, and CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s Body Language by David Bolger and Christopher Ash.
Chalk It Down Productions’ Spliced written and performance by Timmy Creed is in a site-specific presentation at the Edinburgh Sports Club; Janet Moran’s A Holy Show will run at Pleasance Two Sarah-Jane Scott’s Appropriate, and one two one two’s Everything I Do are at Summerhall which along with Fionn Foley’s Brendan Galileo for Europe at Assembly Georges Square Studios are all in Edinburgh following their critical success at last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival, set in the historic Charlotte Square Gardens which reaches an audience of 250,000 every August, is also supported by Culture Ireland to present a range of Irish writers. This year’s roster highlights the strong crop of Irish writers including Kevin Barry, recently longlisted for Booker Prize, Sinead Gleeson, Nicole Flattery and Ian Maleney.
Culture Ireland will host an industry event which aims to build Irish artists’ connections with festival and venue presenters, producers and promoters. This event which takes place in The Hub, headquarters of the International Festival, has resulted in important touring outcomes for Irish companies in previous years.
Culture Ireland’s Edinburgh Showcase Programme has a proven track record of success for Irish theatre and dance companies: over the last two years, eight productions have achieved further international touring opportunities as well as winning Herald Angel and Fringe First Awards.
Full information on the programme is available here (ISSUU Version) and here (Downloadable)