Blackwater Valley Fit Up | 24th Jan - 18th Feb 2024


Presented by: Fishamble – The New Play Company

Written by: Pat Kinevane

Directed by: Jim Culleton

Age Suitability: 14+

Running Time: 80min–  no interval

An evening inside the mind of Luther

Multi-Fringe First, Herald Angel and Herald Archangel award-winning Pat Kinevane returns with King, a show commissioned, developed and produced by Fishamble, and directed by Jim Culleton. Kinevane is known for his thought provoking shows Forgotten (2006), Silent (2011), Underneath (2014), Before (2018) and now – King (2023).

King invites audiences to spend an evening inside the mind of Luther – a man from Cork named after his Granny Bee Baw’s hero, Dr Martin Luther King Jr..Uncomfortable with the outside world, Luther leaves his apartment only for essential journeys and for his job – performing as an Elvis impersonator. The show explores themes of prejudice, privilege and resilience as Luther struggles to find the confidence to live his life to the fullest. King is the fifth collaboration between Pat Kinevane and Fishamble, with Jim Culleton as director. The production was developed with the support of Nasc Network Commission and Georganne Aldrich Heller.

 * Contains themes of parental loss, mental health struggles and agoraphobia; strobe lighting and strong language/swearing


‘Incredibly compelling and poignant narrative’ – Irish Times

‘The stagecraft [is] unsurpassed… immaculate’ Sunday Independent


Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and radio for 29 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.

Dates & Venues

Wed February 7th 2024 – 8:00 pm
Bartlemy Parish Hall
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Thu February 8th 2024 – 8:00 pm
Inch Community Centre
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Fri February 9th 2024 – 8:00 pm
Ballynoe Community Hall
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Sun February 11th 2024 – 8:00 pm
The Palace Theatre, Fermoy
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