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The Saviour


  • Playwright

    Deirdre Kinahan 

  • Synopsis

    On the morning of her 67th birthday, Máire sits up in bed enjoying a cigarette. She has spent the night with a male acquaintance, the offstage Martin, in an experience as unexpected as it was pleasurable, but the mood shifts with the arrival of Máire’s adult son Mel. The play tackles the subject of the emotional and physical abuse of young women in church-run institutions in Ireland over decades, and its impact on one woman for the rest of her life. It charts an extraordinary shift in Ireland’s social, political and religious life, asking questions about responsibility, how we respond to trauma and the tricky question of forgiveness.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    19 June 2021

  • Production Notes

    Premiered online during the Covid-19 pandemic which placed restrictions on live performance.

  • Producer

    Produced by Landmark Productions

  • Original Venue

    The Everyman

  • Venue Notes

    Live-streamed from The Everyman as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

Original Cast  
Mel Brian Gleeson
Máire Marie Mullen
Voice Belle Boss
Voice Alex Finucane
Voice Jonathan White
Production Team  
Director Louise Lowe
Composer Conor Mitchell
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Lighting Designer Mary Tumelty
Sound Designer Cameron Macaulay
Production Manager Eamonn Fox
Stage Manager Leanna Cuttle
Stage Manager Leo McKenna
LX Programmer Matt Burke
Hair & Make-Up Laoise McGinn
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock
Props Buyer Sadhbh Barrett Coakley
Crew Hugh Roberts
Crew Mark Donovan
Crew Ian Brown (2)
Crew Seán Spillane
Producer Anne Clarke
Digital Producer Hugh Farrell
Assistant Producer Jack Farrell
Dramaturg Eleanor White
Marketing Sinead McPhillips
Publicist Sinead O'Doherty
Box Office Assistant Annie Duffy McMahon
Photographer Patrick Redmond
Photographer Jed Niezgoda
Photographer Barry Cronin
Graphic Design Gareth Jones
Motion Graphics Sayonara Bittencourt
Director of Photography Joe Edwards
Vision Mixer James Ryan
Live Stream Facilities StationHouse Media
Camera Operator Martin Birney
Camera Operator Gerry MacArthur
Streaming Technician Jonathan Connolly
Production Assistant Aaron Gannon




The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.