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Melmoth the Wanderer


  • Playwright

    Nicola McCartney 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Charles Maturin

  • Author Notes

    A new adaptation of Charles Maturin's novel 'Melmoth the Wanderer' (1820).
  • Synopsis

    'Melmoth the Wanderer' is Nicola McCartney's adaptation of Charles Maturin's 1820 Gothic novel. Melmoth sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 150 years more on earth. In return he has to lure new victims over to the side of evil. In this version, Nicola McCartney takes five different stories from the novel and uses black humour and bizarre encounters to depict the dark side of the humanity.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The five actors improvise and play various roles in this production

Original Production

Original Cast  
Performer Keith Singleton
Performer Claire Lamont
Performer Colm Gormley
Performer Shelley Atkinson
Performer Dennis Herdman
Production Team  
Director Zoƫ Seaton
Lighting design (for selected venues) Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Designer Justin Yang
Technical Manager Russell Allardice
Production Manager Alan McCracken
Deputy Stage Manager Cara McGimpsey
Set & Costume Designer Deirdre Dwyer
Set Build Stagehand Sets
Mask Director Jamie Harper

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

This information was taken from the company play programme, website and reviews.