Fiction Romance
Theatre Nation



some moderately strong language, sexual references

55 mins


Fri at 21:15

Sat at 16:00

Sun at 18:30

Fiction Romance
Theatre Nation

Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t have fallen in love with?

Antonio loves beautiful Sebastian.

A brilliant, bold retelling of Twelfth Night, full of wit and passion.

Fiction Romance was catalysed by Patrick going along to see Sidney Kean’s performance of Toby Belch Is Unwell by John Knowles and being, in Patrick’s own words, “knocked-out by the writing and incredible take no prisoners performance. Utterly brilliant.

" I thought to myself: I’d love to do something like that and the next time I met up with John, I casually mentioned that if he wanted to write a piece for me, I’d be very happy.

" A few months later, John said he’d written something I think would be right for you and sent me the Fiction Romance script. It’s quite rare we actors get to do a piece we really want to do, but I really really wanted to do this play.”

“Fiction Romance was not just a play, but an emotional rollercoaster that presented a different perspective on love, and left you with a lot of food for thought.” ★★★★★

“… a beautifully redemptive tale… Kealey’s the ideal interpreter of this deeply- wrought, yet respectful riposte to those occasional loose endings of genius…”

Patrick Kealey has been an actor, director writer and teacher for over 40 years.

Favourite roles include Maniac (Accidental Death of an Anarchist), Fool (King Lear), Quixote, Charlie (Da), and Estragon (Waiting for Godot).

He has directed Shakespeare, Genet, Ibsen, Strindberg, Lorca, Gogol and Beaumarchais among the great classics.

He founded Group K - productions included adaptations of Kafka’s Amerika (Southwark and US), Kristendom (Bridewell), As I Lay Dying (BAC), Presto (Riverside Studios and National tour).and Marisol (Southwark).

Other productions include Runaways (US), Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Paris), The Lives of the Saints (Old Red Lion), She Stoops To Conquer and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (US).

Recent work: Dramaturg for Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental’s 17 Border Crossings (Bogotá, Philadelphia, Edinburgh), We Are For Sale (co-director) and Band of Gold (director) both site specific works for Hallucinating Angels at DLWP, role of Apple Johnny in Bloom Britannia (Barefoot Opera) and Antonio in solo performance Fiction Romance for Fetch Theatre (Hastings, Brighton and Bristol).

Patrick is Artistic Director of Theatre Nation. Projects include: Paris Snow musical (director and book), premiere of Caravan of Love (Prague/Barnstaple/Brighton Fringe), Seven Seconds (writer and director), Hamlet (ACE tour) and Polyamory? (Hastings Fringe), The Life And Rhymes of Archy and Mehitabel (Barnstaple Fringe and Stables Theatre) and was recently chosen to appear online at Prague Fringe Festival. Most recently produced Waiting for Godot and played Estragon in collaboration with David Glass (Director) ACE funded tour June 2022.

He has also worked as a tour guide in Ireland, UK and France for over 20 years.

His podcast series The Joy of Age - conversations and inspirations around the subject of how to be an elder - is launching soon.