Improbable Frequency


ISBN: 9781854598752
Author: By Arthur Riordan
Publication Date: 3/03/2005
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 96pp.
Availability: Available


The smash-hit musical comedy of spies, double agents and the laws of improbability.

It’s 1941. Europe is at war and espionage is the front line. As the rest of the world gets on with World War II, Dublin’s lights burn flagrantly and Europe’s intellectual elite are out to play. But suspicious messages on a radio show have drawn the attention of MI5, and a diffident young code-breaker is sent to a Dublin crawling with spies and Nazi sympathiseres to determine which side neutral Ireland is really on.

Arthur Riordan’s musical Improbable Frequency, with music by Bell Helicopter, was first staged at the O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin, in 2004. It transferred to the Abbey Theatre in 2005, and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in 2006.

‘A landmark achievement’
Irish Independent

‘One of the wittiest, funniest, most enjoyable shows I have ever seen in Edinburgh’
The Times

‘A dazzlingly inventive cabaret-style musical… breathtaking verbal brilliance, wit, and sheer showbiz flair’

‘An absolute gem… the most fun you’ll have on the fringe’
Evening Standard

‘Fizzes and explodes like a brilliant, gaudy firework… a theatrical tour de force and quite unlike anything else you’ll ever see’


‘Fun, funny, intelligent, sophisticated, mildly subversive and very, very accomplished’
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

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