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Improbable Frequency


  • Playwright

    Arthur Riordan  Bell Helicopter 

  • Author Notes

    A musical with Book and Lyrics by Arthur Riordan, and Musical Composition and Sound Design by Bell Helicopter.
  • Setting

    Dublin, 1941.

  • Synopsis

    It's 1941. Europe is at war and espionage is the front line. As the rest of the world gets on with the small matter of the Second World War, Dublin's lights burn flagrantly and Europe's intellectual elite has come to play. But suspicious messages on a radio requests-show have drawn the attention of M15 and a diffident young code-breaker is dispatched to Dublin to determine which side neutral Ireland is really on. Encounters with John Betjeman, Myles na gCopaleen and nuclear physics complicate his mission, but our hero soon realises that more is at stake than the honour of chaste local girl, Philomena O'Shea. Improbable Frequency is a musical satire that lifts the lid on Ireland's beloved neutrality and cuts to the heart of the tempestuous affair with our nearest neighbour.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast Doubling is possible. Members of the cast also play various minor roles.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Tristram Faraday Peter Hanly
Myles na gCopaleen Darragh Kelly
Muldoon Darragh Kelly
Philomena O'Shea Lisa Lambe
Agent Green Cathy White
The Colonel Declan Conlon
Erwin Schrodinger Declan Conlon
John Betjeman Rory Nolan
O' Dromedary Rory Nolan
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Artistic Director Lynne Parker
Set Designer Alan Farquharson
Producer Loughlin Deegan
Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna
Costume Designer Kathy Strachan
Sound Designer Bell Helicopter
Movement Advisor Diane O'Keeffe
Book and Lyrics Arthur Riordan
Music Composed by Bell Helicopter
Musical Director Cathal Synott
Music Copyist Des Moore
Musician Des Moore
Musician Robert Harris
Musician Conor Sheil
Musician Diane O'Keeffe
Musician Ellen Cranitch
Musician Cathal Synott
Additional Music Conor Linehan
Assistant Director Tom Creed
Production Manager Marie Breen
Technical Manager Eoin McDonagh
Stage Director Paula Tierney
Stage Manager Aisling Mooney
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Chief Electrician Joe Glasgow
Sound Engineer Trevor Clinch
Graphic Design Alphabet Soup
Production Photography Ros Kavanagh
Make-Up Val Sherlock
Publicity Paul Fahy
Literary Manager Christine Madden
Hair and Wigs Val Sherlock
Administrator Elizabeth Whyte

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Improbable Frequency

  • Year


  • Published By

    Nick Hern Books

  • Address

    The Glasshouse, 49a Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush
    London W12 8QP

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 8749 4953

  • Email


  • Website


  • ISBN


Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Lisa Richards Agency

  • Address

    108 Upper Leeson Street
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 637 5000

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.