“A sharply contemporary tragi-comedy… Meltdown is [an] intelligent, funny compassionate comment on our national mess, with cracking dialogue, terrific direction (even more terrific movement direction…) and four walloping performances…”

Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent


“Sex in the City for men…very very funny…a play for today…it warms your heart”

– Arena -RTÉ 1


Meltdown…a comedy of survival

What do you do when your marriage breaks down, your job vanishes, your investment turns into debt and your team can’t get off the bottom of the league? What else can you do but rely on the old friendships, smoke a good cigar and play the beautiful game. Four life-long friends dance their way through a season of relegation battles, marital disharmony and global economic collapse.

A tale of friendship, football and financial insolvency.

First performed as part of the 2009 Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival. It opened at the Axis Ballymun, and subsequently played at The Project Arts Centre and The Civic Theatre Tallaght. Produced by Gúna Nua theatre in association with Axis Ballymun.


Original Cast

Neil – Laurence Lowry

Michael – Gerry McCann

Sean – Karl Shiels

Brian – Enda Kilroy


Production Team

Director – Paul Meade

Designer – Alice Butler

Lighting Designer – Mark Galione

Movement Director – Cathy Ryan

Sound Designer – Aengus Ó Maoláin

Music Composition – Carl Kennedy

Production Manager – John O’Brien

Production Manager – Mark Galione

Stage Director – Miriam Duffy

Assistant Stage Manager – Faye Morrison

Set Construction – Kevin Courtney

Graphic Design – Kieran Brennan

Photography – Dermot Kelly and Futoshi Sakauchi



Funded by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.