“Can I tell you a story, Tom?” I nod. And, with that, I’m completely hooked, hanging on to every word tossed my way in the dark. But while I’m one of two people in the front row of the Soho Upstairs picked out specifically by Pat Kinevane, he’s a storyteller for everyone.
Silent has been touring the UK and internationally since 2011, and there’s still an incredible sense of now-ness when watching this mesmerising one-man show from Irish theatre company Fishamble, written and performed by Kinevane. It ebbs and flows with ragged, mournful comedy and pain.
Debuting in London as part of Soho Theatre’s solo season, it’s ostensibly about Kinevane’s homeless Tino McGoldrick (ironically named after silent movie star Rudolph Valentino) relaying the childhood tragedy and subsequent alcoholism and mental illness that has led him from Cork to the streets of Dublin.