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The Train


  • Playwright

    Arthur Riordan  Bill Whelan 

  • Synopsis

    The Train is a fictional celebration of actual events surrounding the legendary Contraceptive Train, the remarkable media coup orchestrated by the Irish Women's Liberation Movement in 1971 that changed the social landscape of Ireland. Determined to challenge the restrictive laws of the Irish State, a group of 47 trailblazing women take a train to Belfast and return to Dublin with forbidden contraceptives.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Aoife Clare Barrett (1)
Margaret Gaj Clare Barrett (1)
Bella Danielle Galligan
Maggie Kate Gilmore
Theresa Kate Gilmore
The Angel Mick Darragh Kelly
Adam Emmet Kirwan
21st Century Angel Lisa Lambe
Lucy Lisa Lambe
Ruth Karen McCartney
Eileen Sophie Jo Wasson
Molly Sophie Jo Wasson
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Set & Lighting Designer Ciaran Bagnall
Choreographer Muirne Bloomer
Book and Lyrics Arthur Riordan
Music by Bill Whelan
Musical Director Cathal Synott
Music Arranged by Brian Whelan (2)
Musician Francesco Turrisi
Musician Carolyn Goodwin
Musician Martin Tourish
Musician Steve Holloway
Musician Cathal Synnott
Executive Producer Diego Fasciati
Associate Producer Caroline Williams
Assistant Producer Bébhinn Cronin
Production Manager Rob Furey
Stage Director Donna Leonard
Assistant Stage Manager Richie O'Sullivan
Assistant Stage Manager Stephanie Ryan
Dramaturg Maureen White
Wardrobe Supervisor Monica Ennis
Sound Engineer Alexis Nealon
Publicist Christine Monk
Production Photography Keith Dixon
Pre-production Photography Ros Kavanagh
Chief LX Michael Lonergan
Hair & Make-Up Patsy Giles

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Rough Magic Theatre Company

  • Address

    12 Parliament Street, Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    D02 HV 05
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 671 9278

  • Email


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Source Of Information

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