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  • Playwright

    Shane Mac an Bhaird 

  • Setting

    The Antarctic

  • Synopsis

    Melt is about the folly of humankind, our Icarus-like ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and the damage we do ourselves and our world in the process. Its setting is the Antarctic – the last great wilderness, the edge of the known world, the one relatively uncontaminated territory. Into this idyllic landscape is catapulted the gloriously anarchic Boylan, a pioneering Irish ecologist gone rogue. As the play opens, he is joined by Cook, a young scientist who is strung between his professional ambitions and his romantic longing for the mysterious Dr Hansen – Boylan’s ex-wife. And then there is Veba, the strange female Boylan captures and brings up from the sub-glacial lake.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    30 September 2017

  • Production Notes

    Produced as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

  • Producer

    Produced by Rough Magic Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

    Smock Alley Theatre

  • Venue Notes

    Performed in the Main Space.

Original Cast  
Professor Sam Boylan Owen Roe
Dr. Charlie Cook Charlie Maher
Dr. Elaine Hansen Rebecca O'Mara
Veba Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Set & Costume Designer Sarah Bacon
Lighting Designer Zia Bergin-Holly
Composer & Sound Designer Carl Kennedy
AV Design John Galvin
Assistant Costume & Set Designer Karlotta Matthies
Production Manager Rob Furey
Chief LX Tomek Rola
Stage Manager Evie McGuinness
Stage Manager Martina Kavanagh
Producer Selina O'Reilly
Fight Director Jordan Coombes
Graphic Design Stuart Bradfield
Production Photography Ros Kavanagh
Rehearsal Photography Ste Murray

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Rough Magic Theatre Company: New Irish Plays and Adaptations, 2010-2018

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  • Published By


  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

  • Website


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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Shane Mac an Bhaird

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme with additional information taken from the Dublin Theatre Festival programme.