by Shane Mac an Bhaird
Rough Magic Theatre Co
A world premiere production, 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.
Melt is a funny, sophisticated fairytale that explores the human condition, acknowledges its fragility and takes the audience on a jaunt to the edge of the abyss.
Previews: Sept 28 & 29 at 7.30pm
Dates: Sept 30 & Oct 3–6 at 7.30pm
Oct 1 at 2pm & 7pm
Oct 7 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Oct 8 at 2pm
Rough Magic is funded through the Arts Council’s Regularly Funded Organisations funding programme.
Directed by Lynne Parker
Cast includes: Owen Roe and Charlie Maher
Set and Costume Design: Sarah Bacon
Lighting Design: Zia Holly
Sound Design: Carl Kennedy
Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs 10 mins including an interval.
Post-show discussion on 3 Oct with members of the company.
To see the full festival programme, visit the Dublin Theatre Festival website