Social Programme

Ireland's terrific Fishamble (The Guardian, 2015) have organised three nights of Theatre entertainment for ESSE delegates.  Join us in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway for an evening of excitement and culture. Tickets are €18 each and can be purchased through the online registration form.  Each showing is 90 mins duration with no interval.




Wednesday 24th August

Written and performed by Pat Kinevane, 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.

Passionate one-man show…Mr. Kinevane interprets Valentino's highly theatrical screen presence to stunning effect...carefully wrought production…[he] doesn’t just demand [the audience’s] attention, he commands it. And that difference is what makes Mr. Kinevane an artist of the theatre.’

Ben Brantley, The New York Times


Thursday 25th August

Sticks and stones didn’t break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her.

Is Beauty really only skin deep?

Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper?

Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble performs Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton.

This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath.

A charming and engaging ninety minutes…Kinevane is a virtuoso performer…
a delightful experience

Irish Independent


Friday 26th August

Forgotten is a solo piece of theatre which reveals the interconnecting stories of four elderly people, living in retirement homes and care facilities around Ireland, who range in age from 80 to 100 years old. 1943 was a curious year for this quartet – their lives have never been the same since…

At times, challengingly dark and, at other times, startlingly hilarious, Forgotten is presented in a fusion of European and Japanese Kabuki theatrical styles.


‘The monologues are beautifully written and vivid; what makes this show uniquely memorable is Kinevane’s raw, over-the-top, compassionate performance.'.’

The New Yorker