written by Deirdre Kinahan
directed by Louise Lowe
starring Marie Mullen and
Jamie O'NeillLandmark Productions
‘the great Irish actress Marie Mullen gives a performance of gripping intensity … one of the finest actors of her generation‘ – Wall Street Journal
‘electrifying … O’Neill holding his own against a force-of-nature Mullen’ – Theatermania
The world stage premiere of Deirdre Kinahan’s fiercely funny and utterly gripping new play was presented at the Irish Repertory Theatre, New York in July 2023 followed by its Irish premiere at the Pavilion Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2023. It starred Marie Mullen and Jamie O’Neill in this riveting two-hander directed by one of Ireland’s leading theatre directors, Louise Lowe.
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. The Saviour asks questions about responsibility, how we respond to trauma and the tricky question of forgiveness.
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.
Cast 2021Máire Marie MullenMel Brian GleesonVoices Belle Boss, Alex Finucane, Jonathan White
Cast 2023Máire Marie MullenMel Jamie O’NeillVoices Belle Boss, Alex Finucane, Jonathan White
Creative 2021Writer Deirdre KinahanDirector Louise LoweComposer Conor MitchellCostume Designer Joan O’CleryLighting Designer Mary TumeltySound Designer Cameron Macaulay
Creative 2023Writer Deirdre KinahanDirector Louise LoweSet and Lighting Designer Ciaran BagnallCostume Designer Joan O’ClerySound Designer Aoife Kavanagh
The Saviour 2023Photos: Carol Rosegg
'The great Irish actress Marie Mullen gives a performance of gripping intensity … one of the finest actors of her generation'Wall Street Journal
‘a showcase for Marie Mullen’s room-filling stagecraft'★★★★ The Irish Times
'electrifying confrontation … O’Neill holding his own against a force-of-nature Mullen'Theatermania
'rare and joyful … ambitious and emotionally complex piece’★★★★ The Stage
'Deirdre Kinahan's fine two-hander'★★★★ The Irish Times
'a powerful piece of theatre'Exeunt NYC
‘brilliant lines and gallows humour … Mullen is a tour de force’★★★★ Irish Examiner
‘blazing performances’The Irish Times
'This riveting play ... explodes expectations’★★★★ Sunday Times
‘Louise Lowe expertly directs Mullen’s emotional high-wire act’Irish Independent
‘gripping and very, very powerful'RTÉ Arena
‘an important work of the imagination … finds a compelling dramatic voice’Irish Independent