ACTOR INTERVIEW: Pat Kinevane
"My only other job is as a Father and I would drop the acting in a flash if I had enough money to do so. Being a Dad is the best job I could have ever imagined."
Pat Kinevane, April 2008
ACTOR INTERVIEW: Pat Kinevane
14 April 2008
Q&A with Pat Kinevane and Nicola Murphy, Draíocht's Marketing Manager, two weeks before FORGOTTEN comes to Draíocht for 2 nights, 2-3 May 2008.
‘Has no one a skitter o’ dignity left?’
Written and performed by Pat Kinevane, Forgotten is a solo piece for theatre which explores four characters, between the ages of 80-100 years old, who reside in care facilities and retirement homes. Presented in a fusion of European and Japanese Kabuki theatrical styles, the piece is both a dark and comical portrayal of the challenges facing older people in Ireland today.
Pat Kinevane and Jim Culleton spent six months developing and rehearsing Forgotten with support from a number of artists, academics, designers and community and health experts. This period culminated in its first performance on 25 May 2006 for the Bealtaine Festival when it was met with an overwhelming response. Since then, the production has been performed since May 2006 in a series of special one-off performances in a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces – black box theatres, hotel rooms, conference rooms of Dublin Castle, The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, exhibition space in Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. 2008 sees the production not only touring Ireland, but also internationally to Paris, Prague, Sibiu and Edinburgh. The production was nominated for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2007.
Q: What inspired you to become an actor?
I have absolutely no idea, but, as far back as I can remember, maybe to the age of four or five, I was facinated by the theatre.
Q: What other artists or people have influenced or inspired you in your life, and in what ways?
I admire total artists, performers who have limitless talent and range, people who are genuinely gifted and special to observe. A few Irish actors come to mind, artists like Olwen Fouere, Des Cave, Maire Hastings, Niall Buggy and the incredible Joan O Hara RIP.
Q: How old were you when you got your start in acting?
I was four when I acted in my first school play. My first professional role was with Team Theatre Company at the age of twenty two.
Q: What has been your favourite part to date?
Besides the roles that I now play in FORGOTTEN, my favourite part was in a play by Tom Mc Intyre entitled 'Sheep's Milk on the Boil'. The character was called Matt.
Q: Do you have a favourite play?
That would be a toss up between 'By the Bog of Cats' and 'The Playboy of the Western World'.
Q: Are you a full time actor or do you have another job as well?
My only other job is as a Father and I would drop the acting in a flash if I had enough money to do so. Being a Dad is the best job I could have ever imagined.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about being an actor?
Working with directors who treat actors with contempt and having horrible things written about you by theatre reviewers!
Q: If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?
I would write constantly.
Q: Do you have to make sacrifices in your personal life for your career?
No. And I don't think it necessary under any circumstances to do so. Acting should be enjoyable and creative. Suffering for art is for meglamaniacs with no discernable talent!
Q: What attracted you to ‘Forgotten’?
I suppose the whole idea of being able to give a voice to the voiceless elderly in this country.
Q: What can audiences expect to experience at this show?
It is a particular experience for every individual audience member. I hope, for the most part, that people experience a journey with the characters and the story and that ultimately they will be entertained.
Q: Did you have to do a lot of research for the part?
Happily yes. It has been a great blessing getting to know this quartet. They are four amazing creatures!
Q: Have you had good audience reaction so far?
Thank God yes. And I am full of gratidude for that. People have been very open and kind in their repsonse.
Q: Are there any other actors, actresses or directors that you would really like to work with?
Yes. Too many to mention.
Q: Is there a particular character in a film or a play who’s part you would really like to play?
I am a great believer in providence and fate. 'What's for me won't go by me' as the saying goes.
Q: What draws you to a new project?
Q: Do you get the jitters when going on stage on opening night?
I used to. Not now.
Q: What's the best bit of advice anyone has ever given you?
Never to take myself too seriously. These days I love to be the butt of my own jokes. It is a strangely liberating and hilarious pastime!!
Q: What advice would you in turn give to someone thinking of acting as a career or who is just starting out?
Surround yourself with friends and colleagues that are full of light and kindness. Look after them with gratitude and love. Protect yourself and your creativity at all costs. Let nobody in the industry bully or push you around by gently but firmly asserting your own sense of dignity.
Q: How do you keep motivated if you’re having a bad day?
I think of my wonderful family and friends.
Q: What do you like to do to un-wind and have fun?
I like to run and listen to music.
Q: Have you ever tried other art forms like photography, sculpting, making music, or dancing for instance?
I have dabbled in most of these at some stage, albeit in a small way.
Q: So what’s coming up next for you after this show?
FORGOTTEN will keep going for this year at least. I am excited about performing on the 16th of May in the Hugh Lane Gallery, then on to Prague at the end of May for a week of performances. We then go to the Sibiu Festival in Romania directly after that and return to the Civic Theatre in Tallaght on the 20th of June for another show. The big month will be August because we will present the show in Edinburgh for the fringe festival. I am really lucky and thankful for all the opportunities ahead and thank God for my health and energy.
What the Press have said about FORGOTTEN:
‘a piece of theatre not easily forgotten … a performance of rare authority and completeness’
The Sunday Tribune
‘astonishingly realised…a consummate act of storytelling … a striking accomplishment; captivating, moving, and - yes - even unforgettable.’
The Irish Times
Pat Kinevane – Writer, Performer
Pat is a native of Cobh, County Cork. His previous plays, produced by Fishamble, include The Nun’s Wood which won the BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award '98 and The Plains of Enna. Pat also acted in Buffalo Bill Has Gone to Alaska for the company. He wrote The Death of Herod for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. Film and TV acting credits include: A Mother’s Love’s a Blessing, Black Day at Blackrock, King Arthur, Headrush, Beckett on Film, The Informant, When Brendan met Trudy, The Run of the Country, Far and Away, Mystics, The General, Ella Enchanted, A Soldier's Song, Little Hoodie, Right now Ladies and Gents, My Dinner With Oswald, The Countess Cathleen, Vicious Circle, Ballykissangel, Glenroe, Fair City, Upwardly Mobile and The Late Late Show Murder Mystery. For The Abbey Theatre his work includes: Good Evening Mr Collins, The Colleen Bawn, Dancing at Lughnasa (also at The Sydney Opera House), By the Bog of Cats, The Broken Jug, Sheep’s Milk on the Boil, The Rivals, Drama at Inish, The Chirpaun, Monkey and Three laws of Motion. For The Gate Theatre: The Home Place, Waiting for Godot, Salome, As You Like It, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Christmas Carol, Sharon’s Grave, She Stoops to Conquer, Arms and the Man, London Assurance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Thrupenny Opera, Not I, Act Withour Words 2, and What Where. Pat has appeared in Carthaginians for Druid, Studs for Passion Machine, Electra for b*spoke, Baby Jane for Corn Exchange, Translations for Lyceum Edinburgh, The Field and The Risen People at the Gaiety (plus numerous Pantos there), and three seasons with Team Theatre. In 2005 Pat played the title role in the hit musical, I,Keano
Jim Culleton - Director
Jim Culleton is the Artistic Director of Fishamble for which he most recently directed Noah and the Tower Flower by Sean McLoughlin (Irish Times Theatre Award winner), Forgotten by Pat Kinevane (throughout Ireland and to Paris, Prague and Edinburgh), short plays for Whereabouts (Irish Times Theatre Award winner) and Monged by Gary Duggan (Stewart Parker Trust Award winner) in Liverpool and as a staged reading in New York.
He has also directed for Amnesty International, Pigsback, 7:84 (Scotland), Project Arts Centre, Amharclann de hIde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, The Ark, Second Age, RTE Radio 1, The Belgrade Theatre, The Abbey/Peacock, Semper Fi, TNL Canada, Scotland’s Ensemble @ Dundee Rep, Draíocht, Barnstorm, TCD School of Drama, Origin (New York) and RTE lyric fm.
His productions have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including Irish Times Theatre Awards, Entertainment & Media Awards, In Dublin Theatre Awards and TMA Awards. He co-edited Contemporary Irish Monologues and edited Fishamble/Pigsback: First Plays both for New Island Books and has edited/contributed to books for Carysfort Press, Ubu and Amnesty International. He most recently directed a special edition of The Business for RTE Radio 1 and a production of Monged for the Belgrade.
Further info about Fishamble Theatre Company can be found on their website:
Past Fishamble Shows at Draíocht:
Monged (2005) :: Pilgrims in the Park (2004) :: Tadhg Stray Wandered In (2004) :: The Buddhist of Castleknock (2002) :: Carnival King (2001) :: Wired to the Moon (2001)
For media information please contact:
Nicola Murphy, Marketing Press & PR Manager, Draíocht