written by Deirdre Kinahan
directed by Louise Lowe
starring Marie Mullen and
Jamie O'NeillLandmark Productions
★★★★ The Irish Times
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Irish Examiner
★★★★ Sunday Times
★★★★ ‘Deirdre Kinahan’s fine two-hander’ – The Irish Times
‘Marie Mullen gives a performance of gripping intensity‘ – Wall Street Journal
★★★★ ‘brilliant lines and gallows humour … Marie Mullen is a tour de force’ – Irish Examiner
‘electrifying … O’Neill holding his own against a force-of-nature Mullen’ – Theatermania
Deirdre Kinahan’s fiercely funny and utterly gripping new play 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.
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.
Duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
Age guidance: 16+ | Contains strong language and sensitive adult themes.
The Saviour had its US premiere, presented by the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York, in July/August 2023.
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.
CASTMáire Marie MullenMel Brian Gleeson
CAST 2023Máire Marie MullenMel Jamie O’Neill
CREATIVEWriter 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 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
'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
The Saviour 2023Photos: Carol Rosegg