Dublin Theatre Festival The Mariner
“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.