The Saviour

The Saviour

Irish Repertory Theatre
New York

1 July–13 August 2023

Pavilion Theatre
Dún Laoghaire

27 September–8 October 2023

Past Performances

On Demand
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
as part of the Assembly's Digital Season

6 - 30 August, 2021

Cork Midsummer Festival

21–27 June 2021

Live-streamed from The Everyman
Cork Midsummer Festival

19–20 June 2021

The Saviour

written by Deirdre Kinahan
directed by Louise Lowe
starring Marie Mullen and
Jamie O'Neill
Landmark Productions

‘rare and joyfulambitious and emotionally complex piece’
★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ ‘This riveting play … explodes expectations
Sunday Times

★★★★ the performances are flawless’
Irish Mail on Sunday

The world stage premiere of Deirdre Kinahan’s provocative new play will take place at the Irish Repertory Theatre, New York in July and August. Following an extended run in New York, it will return to Dublin for its Irish stage premiere at the Pavilion Theatre where it will play for two weeks only from 27 September.  

There’s a new man in Máire’s life. But some people aren’t happy.

On the morning of her 67th birthday, Máire sits up in bed enjoying a cigarette. There’s a man downstairs. She is blooming.

Deirdre Kinahan’s fiercely funny and utterly gripping new play charts an extraordinary shift in Ireland’s social, political and religious life. It asks questions about responsibility, how we respond to trauma and the tricky question of forgiveness.

It stars the legendary Marie Mullen in a tour-de-force performance. She is joined by Jamie O’Neill in this riveting two-hander directed by one of Ireland’s leading theatre directors, Louise Lowe. The multi-award-winning creative team also includes Ciarán Bagnall, Joan O’Clery and Conor Mitchell.

Show Details
Duration: 70 minutes approx (no interval)
Age 16+

Show Playscript
Purchase and download The Saviour playscript ebook here, published by Nick Hern Books.

The Saviour was first broadcast online in June 2021 as part of Cork Midsummer Festival under the Landmark Live streaming platform.

Landmark would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Arts Council. International touring is supported by Culture Ireland.


Máire Marie MullenMel Brian Gleeson

CAST The Saviour 2023

Máire Marie MullenMel Jamie O’Neill


Writer Deirdre KinahanDirector Louise LoweComposer Conor MitchellCostume Designer Joan O’CleryLighting Designer Mary TumeltySound Designer Cameron Macaulay


‘blazing performances’The Irish Times
‘brilliant lines and gallows humour … Mullen is a tour de force’★★★★ Irish Examiner
'rare and joyful … ambitious and emotionally complex piece’★★★★ The Stage
‘Louise Lowe expertly directs Mullen’s emotional high-wire act’Irish Independent
'This riveting play ... explodes expectations’★★★★ Sunday Times
‘gripping and very, very powerful'RTÉ Arena
‘an important work of the imagination … finds a compelling dramatic voice’Irish Independent