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The Cleanroom


  • Playwright

    John McCann (2) 

  • Setting

    Belfast, the present day (2010)

  • Synopsis

    Karen has managed the cleanroom of a pharmaceutical packaging firm for fifteen years. It’s more than a just a job – the cleanroom has been her place of refuge during turbulent times. Suddenly nothing is safe. Karen’s secret relationship with employee Saul is attracting unwanted attention. Her late husband’s cronies are watching her day and night. And the factory is facing closure. Just when it seems things couldn’t get worse, into the cleanroom walks Molly. She claims to have been transferred to help the cleanroom survive the day, but it soon becomes clear that she has very personal motives for being there. As the workforce shrinks and time runs out, Karen, Saul and Molly are forced to confront some dangerous truths about their past.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Karen Laura Hughes
Molly Tara Lynne O'Neill
Magee Paul Mallon
Joe Patrick Buchanan
Saul Ivan Little
Production Team  
Director Michael Duke
Designer Ciaran Bagnall
Sound Designer James Kennedy(1)
General Manager Kerry Woods
Design Assistant Chris Hunter
Design Assistant Jen Shepherd
Administration Assistant Fionnuala Fagan
Production Manager Alan McCracken
Technical Manager Oliver Quinn
Stage Manager James Kennedy(1)
Deputy Stage Manager Tracey Lindsay
Dramaturg Hanna Slattne
Set Construction Philip Goss
Graphic Design HiJump Design
Photography Neil Harrison
Marketing & Press Officer Laura Willis
Outreach Facilitator John Ryan (1)
Outreach Director Ciaran McQuillan

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Tinderbox Theatre Company

  • Address

    The Crescent, 2-4 University Road
    Belfast BT7 1NH
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)28 9043 9313

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Source Of Information

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