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July 28, 2009

Standing Ovation for Former Kildare Man at Riverbank

Pat Kinevane Former Kildare resident Pat Kinevane earned a standing ovation and rapturous applause following his solo performance of ‘Forgotten’ at Riverbank Arts Centre last Friday night.

Presented by the award winning theatre company Fishamble, ‘Forgotten’ is a one-man show in which writer and performer Pat Kinevane tells the stories of four elderly people living in care facilities in Ireland in a unique and powerful way. Aged between 80 and 100 the connecting life stories of Flor, Dora, Gustus and Eucharia were slowly revealed through a mixture of Irish storytelling and Japanese Kabuki dance. The crowd did not miss a beat as a simple change of tone, a flick of a rag or a small piece of clothing transported them to another character and another story. Sweeping up and down the stage, using the entire theatre space and often speaking directly to an audience member, Pat Kinvane gave an outstanding and powerful performance.

A former member of the Moat Players, Pat began his acting career while working in Naas Post Office and has worked in television, radio, theatre and film for the past seventeen years; the performance of ‘Forgotten’ in Co. Kildare could be described as a home coming of sorts for the actor. After the show Riverbank Arts Centre foyer was buzzing with excitement and animated reactions to the thought-provoking show. With this performance, Pat Kinevane is one man who will certainly not be forgotten.