The Train (Rough Magic): 6 - 11 Oct, Project Arts Centre
'Immensely impressive and, more importantly, enormously entertaining.' - The Irish Times on ‘Improbable Frequency’
Ireland, 1971: the church and the state are in glorious – and very close – harmony. They are also deaf to the voices of women, who are routinely paid less than men, in jobs they must often give up once they marry, at which time they become, by law, their husbands’ property…
And they have another cause for concern.
While contraceptives are available in Northern Ireland they are illegal in the Republic. Determined to challenge the unbending laws of Ireland, a troublesome group of women decide to take a train to Belfast and return to Dublin with this forbidden fruit.
A new musical from Rough Magic Theatre Company, The Train makes its world premiere as part of the festival, featuring music by Bill Whelan (Riverdance) and lyrics by Arthur Riordan (Improbable Frequency). It tells the story of the infamous contraceptive train, of a nation’s obsession with sex, and of a small group of courageous women whose short journey marked the beginning of a modern odyssey.
Contains sexual references.
Cast and Creative Team:
- Directed by Lynne Parker
- Cast: Clare Barrett, Kate Gilmore, Darragh Kelly, Emmet Kirwan, Lisa Lambe, Karen McCartney, Danielle O’Brien, Sophie Jo Wasson
- Music: Bill Whelan
- Book and Lyrics: Arthur Riordan
- Set and Lighting Design: Ciaran Bagnall
- Costume Design: Joan O’Clery
- Music Director: Cathal Synnott