The Train

The Train

  • From Friday, 7 April 2017
  • To Saturday, 15 April 2017
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes including a 20 minute interval
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Early Bird tickets from 10 Euro available until 27 February

The Train

A fictional celebration of actual events surrounding the legendary Contraceptive Train of 1971

Abbey Theatre presents Rough Magic

Rough Magic’s iconic and inspiring musical had a sell-out run at the 2015 Dublin Theatre Festival.

The Train, by Bill Whelan and Arthur Riordan, is a fictional celebration of actual events surrounding the legendary Contraceptive Train of 1971.

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. This watershed moment is joyously captured by Arthur Riordan’s sharp wit and Bill Whelan’s dynamic score.

The Train explores a short journey which marked the beginning of a modern odyssey. An odyssey that is still incredibly relevant today.

‘The women of 1971 entertained, challenged, galvanised and inspired their generation. Rough Magic is proud to bring their story to our national theatre and thrilled to be part of this new chapter in its history; particularly at a time when the values of those pioneering feminists are so relevant and essential.’ – Lynne Parker, Rough Magic Theatre Company.

The Train production images


The Train (2017)

Booking details for the train

Dates: 7 – 15 April
Previews: 7 and 8 April
on the Abbey stage

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €25

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 266

Rough Magic Events

Post-show talk with members of the production: Tuesday 11 April – Abbey stage

Rehearsed reading of Broken: Wednesday 12 April, 3pm – Peacock stage

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 13 April, 7.30pm – Abbey stage

Panel Discussion

Rough Magic presents Trailblazers – Feminism, Artists & Activism from 1971 to the present day. A look at the journey Irish feminism has taken since the 1971 Contraceptive Train.

Speakers include Tara Flynn, Paula Meehan (Poet and Artists’ Repeal the 8th), Lian Bell (Designer and Waking the Feminists) and some of the courageous women from the 1971 Contraceptive Train.

Date: Friday 14 April
on the Abbey stage

Time: 3pm
Free but ticketed
To book call (01) 87 87 222

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The Train (2017)

Book Now

Early Bird tickets from 10 Euro available until 27 February

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