"Set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts down Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for… From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent (which featured in the 2012 Belfast Festival), Before is a new play with much music. Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Georganne Aldrich Heller, Robert Leroy, and The Strollers Touring Network. Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work. Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane Directed by Jim Culleton Post-Show Talk: Thurs 24 Oct - Festival Artistic Director, Richard Wakely, in conversation with Pat Kinevane"