A new play written and performed
​ by Pat Kinevane

18 April - 5 May - Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles

Produced by Fishamble and performed at Odyssey Theatre. CIACLA is a presenting partner of this exciting new theatrical performance in Los Angeles.

KING tells the story of Luther, a man from Cork named in honour of his Granny Bee Baw’s hero, Dr Martin Luther King Jr.  Luther only leaves his apartment for essential journeys, and to perform as an Elvis impersonator.  The play explores prejudice, privilege, and resilience, as Luther struggles to live life to the full.

Fishamble’s KING by Pat Kinevane opened in Ireland in 2023 and transferred to Dance Base as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it was nominated for the Mental Health Foundation award and named a Pick of the Fringe.

Fishamble and Pat Kinevane have previously collaborated on FORGOTTEN, SILENT, UNDERNEATH, and BEFORE, which have won major international awards including Olivier, Fringe First, Herald Archangel, Adelaide Fringe, and Helen Hayes awards. They have been called BRILLIANT (Irish Times), EXTRAORDINARY (New York Times), STUNNING (Scotsman), DAZZLING (Guardian), and MESMERISING (Sydney Morning Herald).  Now, Fishamble and Pat Kinevane, under the direction of Jim Culleton, and with music by Denis Clohessy, return with this very special fifth solo play.​

‘incredibly compelling and poignant narrative’
Irish Times 

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

‘virtuosic theatricality…excellent…inventive’
- Irish Independent 

‘the text is gorgeous…real humour and pathos’
Theatre Travels 

‘an impressive psychological portrait…such a skilled performer’ - The List 

★★★★ Scotsman 

★★★★ Morning Star 

★★★★★ Pick of the Fringe 

This production is supported by Culture Ireland and Georganne Aldrich Heller.


​Running time: 80 minutes

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Pat Kinevane in Fishamble’s KING by Pat Kinevane
Photo by Maurice Gunning
Pat Kinevane in Fishamble’s KING by Pat Kinevane Photo by Maurice Gunning
Pat Kinevane in Fishamble’s KING by Pat Kinevane
Photo by Maurice Gunning
Pat Kinevane in Fishamble’s KING by Pat Kinevane Photo by Maurice Gunning

Meet the Team


​Pat Kinevane
​Writer & Performer
Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and radio for 33 years. ​In 2016 Pat won a Laurence Olivier Award in London for his Outstanding Achievement as an Actor and a Writer this year. This prestigious award was shared with Fishamble and Jim Culleton who have been integral to the Production and Direction of Pat’s four 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 four solo pieces Forgotten (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee) Silent (Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel and Brighton Argus Angel Award) Underneath (Scotsman Fringe First and Adelaide Fringe Awards), and Before (Herald Archangel Award winner) all produced by Fishamble.Pat is deeply thankful to Fishamble for all of their work and endless support.


Jim Culleton
Jim Culleton is the Artistic Director of Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which he has directed productions on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. His productions for Fishamble have won Olivier, The Stage, Scotsman Fringe First, and Irish Times Best Director awards. Jim has directed for the Abbey, the Gaiety, the Belgrade, 7:84 Scotland, Project, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, Passion Machine, the Ark, Second Age, Dundee Rep, CoisCéim/Crash Ensemble/GIAF, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Little Museum of Dublin, Fighting Words, Scripts Festival, and Baptiste Programme.  He has directed audio plays for Audible, BBC, RTÉ Radio 1, and RTÉ lyric fm. He has also directed for Vessel and APA (Australia), TNL (Canada), Solas Nua, Mosaic, and Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Odyssey (LA), Origin, Irish Arts Center, New Dramatists, Irish Rep, and 59E59 (New York), as well as for Trafalgar Theatre Productions on the West End, and IAC/Symphony Space on Broadway.  Jim has taught for NYU, NUI, GSA, Uversity, the Lir, Villanova, Notre Dame, UM, UMD, JNU, and TCD.


Denis Clohessy

Denis Clohessy has previously worked with Fishamble, including the productions The Treaty, ​On Blueberry Hill, The Pride of Parnell Street, Silent, Underneath, Spinning, Mainstream and Strandline.  He has also produced work for theatre and dance with The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, Corn Exchange, Junk Ensemble and many others. He won the Irish Times theatre award for Best Design Sound in 2011 for Rough Magic’s Sodome, My Love, he was a nominee in 2015 (for Junk Ensemble’s ‘It Folds), was an associate artist with the Abbey in 2008 and was a participant on Rough Magic’s ADVANCE programme in 2012.  His work in Film and Television includes the films Older than Ireland (Snack box Films), The Irish Pub (Atom Films), His and Hers (Venom Film), The Land of the Enlightened (Savage Film), In View (Underground Cinema), The Reluctant Revolutionary (Underground Films) and the television series Limits of Liberty (South Wind Blows) performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.​