- 10 Mar 05
Joe Jackson talks to Arthur Riordan, author of Improbable Frequency, the hit musical comedy which examines Ireland’s neutrality during the Second World War in humorous and insightful fashion.
Rough Magic’s production of the comedy musical Improbable Frequency is packed with an array of musical influences that should please us all. With music composed by Bell Helicopter and lyrics by playwright/actor Arthur Riordan, it mixes, says the author, the kind of “rhythmic techniques of rap” he used in previous plays like MC Dev’s Emergency Session and Rap Eire plus, “a little German cabaret, Noel Coward, and traditional Irish music” – not to mention a pastiche of popular songs of the early ‘40s, when the musical is set. But it was only after Improbable Frequency became the highlight of last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival that Arthur discovered one of the hidden reasons for the fact that people want to see it more than once!
Improbable Frequency is at the Abbey from March 4th – April 9th