Pat Kinevane wins Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Performer – Visiting Production for Fishamble’s SILENT
Pat Kinevane has won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Performer in a Visiting Production for his performance in Fishamble’s Silent, co-produced by Solas Nua, in Washington, D.C., in 2019. The virtual award ceremony was hosted by Theatre Washington on Wed 2 September, and Fishamble’s Silent is also nominated for Outstanding Visiting Production; the results for this category will be announced at the Helen Hayes finale virtual ceremony on 25th September.
I am so thrilled that Pat Kinevane won this prestigious award last night in Washington DC, particularly as all the other nominees were so impressive, mostly performing in major Broadway productions that were visiting DC. Pat is a stunning performer, and a fantastic colleague and friend, working with us in Fishamble over the past 14 years on his solo plays. Thanks to the Arts Council and Culture Ireland, without which none of this would be possible, and to Rex Daugherty and Solas Nua, who produced this run of Silent in DC last year.
Jim Culleton, Fishamble Artistic Director
Everyone at the Arts Council rejoices at the news of Pat Kinevane’s success. I still have a powerful and visceral memory of seeingSilent when it toured to the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway Arts Festival several years ago. Pat’s successes are richly deserved and we applaud Fishamble for bringing his brilliant work to the world.
Maureen Kennelly, Director, Arts Council
Culture Ireland is delighted that Pat Kinevane has been awarded this special recognition for Silent. Pat is a truly special performer, Silent is a show which has made a lasting impact on audiences worldwide and Culture Ireland is proud to support the global performances of this outstanding artist.
Christine Sisk, Director, Culture Ireland
Silent is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. First produced in 2011 by Fishamble, and directed by Jim Culleton, Silent has gone on to win an Olivier Award, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, a Herald Angel Award, and Argus Angel Award. Fishamble has toured this play to over 15 countries with the support of Culture Ireland.
Fishamble produced Pat Kinevane’s first play The Nun’s Wood in 1998, followed by his second play The Plains of Enna in 1999. Fishamble is very proud to have commissioned, developed, and produced three solo plays written and performed by Pat, which continue to tour extensively. They are Forgotten (since 2006), Silent (since 2011) Underneath (since 2014), and Before (Since 2018), all directed by Jim Culleton.
Fishamble is currently touring plays by Pat Kinevane to socially-distanced audiences in theatres around Ireland. Dublin audiences will be able to see Silent at axis, Ballymun, on 27 November, along with his other solo plays by Fishamble.
About the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards
The Helen Hayes Awards, now in its 36th year, recognizes outstanding achievement in more than 90 professional theatres across the Washington metropolitan area. Named for the legendary First Lady of the American Theatre Helen Hayes – a Washington native – the award celebrates the artists and companies whose excellence exemplifies a standard of artistry that has made Washington a thriving, internationally recognized theatre town.
Nominations are the result of a rigorous year-long process in which 40 judges on five panels attended approximately 200 eligible productions, including 40-50 world premieres.
The 36th annual Helen Hayes Awards will be celebrated over four weeks as a series of virtual events–both individual award announcements and a culmination video premiere. During this time, we will recognize the outstanding work on Washington-area stages in 2019, reflect on this unprecedented time in our industry, and gather our full community of theatre-makers through virtual spaces.
Full nomination list can be found here.
Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and radio for 30 years. In 2016 Pat won a Laurence Olivier Award in London for his Outstanding Achievement as an Actor and a Writer this year. This prestigous award was shared with Fishamble and Jim Culleton who have been integral to the Production and Direction of Pat’s three Solo Shows. As a writer he completed his first full length play The Nun’s Wood in 1997 which won a BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award and was produced by Fishamble. Fishamble then produced his second play The Plains of Enna (Dublin Theatre Festival 1999). Pat wrote The Death of Herod for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. In 2008 his piece Evangeline Elsewhere premiered in New York in the First Irish Festival.
Pat has been touring since 2006 with his three solo pieces Forgotten (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee) and Silent (Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel and Brighton Argus Angel Award) and Underneath (Scotsman Fringe First and Adelaide Fringe Awards) all produced by Fishamble.
Pat is deeply thankful to Fishamble for all of their work and endless support.
Fishamble: The New Play Company. Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that is passionate about discovering, developing and producing new plays of national importance with a global reach, while championing the role of the playwright.
It harnesses the imaginative power of theatre to provide audiences with a diverse range of contemporary, compelling and heartfelt dramatic works, and typically supports over 50% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland each year. Fishamble thinks nationally and reaches globally, touring its productions to audiences throughout Ireland, and to 19 other countries, and has received many awards in Ireland and internationally, including an Olivier Award.
Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council, and its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.
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