Arthur Riordan

CriticismCommentary

Life
Scrap Saturday script-writer and author of Improbably Frequency (Dublin Th. Festival 2004), with Bell Helicoptor, a musical drama on Erwin Schrodinger et al. in Emergency Ireland [World War II] which transferred to New York with Rough Magic (28 Nov. 2008-4 Jan. 2009).

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Criticism
Anne Enright, “A Man Whose Rhyme Has Come” [on Arthur Riordan], in The Irish Times (Thursday 3 March 2005; see full text in RICORSO Library, “Criticism > Reviews” [infra]).

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Commentary
Sara Keating, ‘The Abbey and the GPO - An Improbable Alliance?’ (The Irish Times, 17 Oct. 2009): ‘When the facade of the GPO was projected on to the stage of the Abbey Theatre during the Rough Magic production of Improbable Frequency in 2005, it was a moment of delicious irony. Flanked by pillars, which already suggested the iconic theatre in which the drama of 1916 was played out, Arthur Riordan’s satirical musical was a deconstruction of Ireland’s 20th-century Irish history. It suggested that Irish neutrality, indeed the whole history of Ireland's political independence, was improbable, indeed absurd, enabled only by the scientific adjustment of the laws of probability and of the natural logic of cause and effect. Who would have known that this brilliant theatrical moment of political deflation would anticipate the current debate about the proposed relocation of the Abbey to the GPO, as proposed in the recent Programme for Government?’ (See Irish Architectural Archive [online]; sourcing the Irish Times; accessed 27.10.2009.)

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Notes
Impropable pre-quency: There may be a copy of Improbably Frequency on this website - as attached.