Rescue Annie, Dublin Fringe Festival, 2021 Book Now


Co-Creator: Eoghan Carrick

Co-Creator: Lauren Shannon Jones

Video Design: Pauric Freeman and Lewis Byrne, Algorithm

Sound Design: Frank Sweeney and Denis O'Connor

Ellen Kirk: Scenographer

Producer: Once Off productions

Assistant Director: Ursula McGinn

Stage Manager: Nicole Darragh

Production Manager: Eoin Kilkenny

L’inconnue de la Seine (the Unknown of the Seine) was a young woman who drowned in the Seine in Paris during La Belle Epoque. When her body was retrieved, her face looked so beautiful that they called in a sculptor to cast her death mask. Nothing else was known about her, but the mask became one of the most reproduced objects of the 19th century. Copies were made and sold around Europe. With nothing known about her at all, the face of L’inconnue became famous.

Later, the death mask of L’inconnue de la Seine was used to model the face of Resusci Anne (Rescue Annie), the standard CPR training mannequin used throughout Europe. It’s still used today. As a result, L’inconnue de la Seine is known as the most kissed face of all time.

Rescue Annie is a solo show about intimacy. A live show about a dead woman. An intimacy workshop in a world where nobody can touch. It asks whether we really know who we’re kissing, whether they know us, and whether we know ourselves.

Co-created by Lauren-Shannon Jones and Eoghan Carrick, designed by Ellen Kirk, video design by Pauric Freeman and Lewis Byrne, sound by Frank Sweeney and Denis O'Connor, assistant director Ursula McGinn and stage managed by Nicole Darragh.


Part of DUETS, an artist support initiative made with the combined expertise of Irish Theatre Institute, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Dublin Fringe Festival. Funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Produced by Once Off Productions. Supported by The Digital Hub, Official Digital Partner of Dublin Fringe Festival