Rough Magic as part of Dublin Theatre Festival presents



Dates: 06 Oct - 17 Oct

Tickets: €20 - €30

6 October 7.30pm

7 – 17 October 7.30pm

10 October 2.30pm
11 October 1.30pm
15 October 3.00pm
17 October 2.30pm

EXTRA DATES ADDED: The Train is running on!

Even more dates added! Thursday 15 October 3.00pm

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.

The Train is a new musical from Rough Magic Theatre Company, making 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.


The Train by Rough Magic, Arthur Riordan, Bill Whelan - Musical Theatre presented by Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Listen here to Miriam O’Callaghan interviewing some of the women who boarded the train on RTÉ Radio 1.
Miriam was also joined by Rough Magic director Lynne Parker and Lisa Lambe, who sang some of the songs from the new musical.


“Immensely impressive and, more importantly, enormously entertaining.”
The Irish Times on Improbable Frequency


Running time: 125 min plus 15 min interval

Contains sexual references


Post-Show Discussion:  Thursday 8 October
with Bill Whelan, Arthur Riordan and Lynne Parker


Director: 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


Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 at Project Arts Centre:

I’m Your Man
Luck Just Kissed You Hello
Corps Diplomatique
The Game
The Train

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