The Saviour

The Saviour

Pavilion Theatre as part of
Dublin Theatre Festival

27 September–8 October 2023

Past Performances

Irish Repertory Theatre
New York

1 July–13 August 2023

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

6 - 30 August, 2021

Cork Midsummer Festival

21–27 June 2021

Live-streamed from The Everyman
Cork Midsummer Festival

19–20 June 2021

World Stage Premiere

8 July 2023, Irish Repertory Theatre, New York

Online Premiere

19 June 2021 as part of Cork Midsummer Festival

Useful Information

Duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
Age guidance: 16+ | Contains strong language and sensitive adult themes.

The Saviour

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

Show Details
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.


Máire Marie MullenMel Brian Gleeson

CAST 2023

Máire Marie MullenMel Jamie O’Neill


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


Writer 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