Loud applause for Pat Kinevane and ‘Silent’

Pat Kinevane received the Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Performer – Visiting Production for his performance in Solas Nua’s production of ‘Silent’
Production shot. Photograph by Patrick Redmond

Pat Kinevane is the newest recipient of the Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Performer – Visiting Production, for Solas Nua’s production of ‘Silent’.

The play, which he also wrote, is about the homeless McGoldrig who ‘once had splendid things but he lost it all – including his mind’.

‘Silent’ has already won several other awards like Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre – OLIVIER AWARD 2016, Scotsman Fringe First and The Herald Angel – Edinburgh Festival 2011 and Argus Angel – Brighton Festival 2012.

“Pat Kinevane is one of Ireland’s most celebrated performers and playwrights. He brings amazing energy, passion and commitment to his performances and creates such a special bond between himself and the audience,” Jim Culleton, director of the production, was quoted saying. “I am thrilled that his unique, unforgettable performance has been recognised with this prestigious nomination.”

The other nominees were leading performers like Sasson Gabay, one of the most prominent and leading actors in Israeli theatre, television and cinema, who was nominated for The Kennedy Center production ‘The Band’s Visit’, Pomme Koch for his performance in the same production; Jayne Atkinson – nominated for her  performance of the Arena stage production of ‘Ann’; Anthony Chisholm and Steven Anthony Jones for their performances in Arena Stage’s ‘Jitney’, and Russel Jordan for his performance of The Essential Theatre stage production ‘Vivian’s music 1969’.

The ceremony was held on Zoom and in addition to the nominees in the virtual room, there was a community room filled with friends, family, colleagues and the greater theatre community that wanted to be present and support the nominees.

Kinevane was not wary of the competition however and he sent ‘love and congratulations’ to the other nominees who were smiling at him from their homes. He himself was greeting them from Dublin, already in a festive mood, with his close ones cheering in the background when the winner was announced.

“We’re five hours ahead of you,” he said, “so we’re a little bit… happier than you are.”

Watch the ceremony online
  • Pat is a native of Cobh, County Cork. He has more than 21 years of experience in the acting industry and has performed with most leading companies. He has been touring since 2006 with his four solo pieces ‘Forgotten‘, ‘Silent‘, ‘Underneathand ‘Before’ all produced by Fishamble.
  • Axis Ballymun will present his one-man shows as part of the Axis Bootleg season. You can watch the Award-winning performance ‘Silent’ on 27 November 2020. Tickets are available on the Axis Ballymun website. ‘Before’ has a few more performances before that – 18 and 19 September at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, and 24 and 25 September at Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny.
  • The Helen Hayes Awards are theatre awards recognizing excellence in professional theatre in the Washington, D.C. area since 1983. They are named in tribute of Helen Hayes, known as the ‘First Lady of American Theatre’.
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