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Gate Theatre, Ireland

The Mariner | Gate Theatre | Sept 25 – Oct 11

The Mariner, Hugo Hamilton, Gate Theatre, Patrick Mason, Dublin Theatre Festival, Sept 30 - Oct 11, The Speckled People

“You have no idea who this man is yet. He’s the man you’ve made up in your dreams, the man you’ve imagined, the man you’ve been expecting, but you don’t know him like I do.”

The Gate Theatre Dublin presents the WORLD PREMIERE of The Mariner, by renowned Irish writer Hugo Hamilton.

1916 – A sailor with the Royal Navy returns home injured from the First World War Battle of Jutland in the North Sea, unable to speak or tell his own story. His wife welcomes him back with open arms, but the war has changed him and his mother begins to question whether this really is her son.

As the facts begin to emerge, the conflict between the sailor’s wife and mother intensifies. This exciting new play from Hugo Hamilton revolves around loyalty, defeat and freedom. It is a story in which his wife takes on the wisdom from Irish writer Edith Somerville, that “only true love can rescue her husband now.”

As the mariner slowly relearns to speak, his true identity will be revealed.

Information and Tickets:

  • Venue: Gate Theatre
  • Previews:
  • Thurs Sept 25, Fri 26 & Mon 29, 7.30pm
  • Sat Sept 27, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Dates:
  • Tues Sept 30 – Fri Oct 3, 7.30pm
  • Mon Oct 6 – Fri Oct 10, 7.30pm
  • Sat Oct 4 & Sat Oct 11, 7.30pm
  • Tickets: €25 (all performances)
  • Duration: 90 mins. No interval.

  • Thursday Talks at the Gate Lab:
  • Oct 2, 6.30pm: Kevin Myers discusses Irish involvement in the Royal Navy during World War I and the Battle of Jutland.
  • Oct 9, 6.30pmThe Irish and World War I : Professor John Horne in conversation with the Director of The Mariner, Patrick Mason.
  • Thursday Talks in the Gate Lab are free but ticketed events.
  • For more information about Thursday Talks and to reserve a place contact the Gate Theatre Box Office on +353 1 874 4045.


"touching, intelligent, humorous and heart-wrenching in equal measure." Evening Herald on Hugo Hamilton’s ‘The Speckled People.’

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Directed by Patrick Mason
  • Cast: Ingrid Craigie, Lisa Dwyer Hogg, Sam O’Mahony
  • Set Design: Joe Vanek
  • Costume Design: Joan O’Clery
  • Lighting Design: Sinead McKenna
  • Sound and Music Design: Denis Clohessy

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