Arthur writes for stage, radio and screen. His adaptation of James Joyce’s A Portrait of The Artist As a Young Man for Rough Magic will open at the Pavilion Theatre as part of the upcoming Dublin Theatre Festival. Other adaptations include Slattery’s Sago Saga from the unfinished Flann O’Brien novel and Peer Gynt.
He wrote the book for the hit Irish musical The Train with music by Bill Whelan and for Improbable Frequency with music by Conor Kelly and Sam Park. Both produced by Rough Magic, the latter has been performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Abbey Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Thorun Kontakt Festival Poland, 59E59 Theater (off-Broadway), the Gaiety Theatre and toured Ireland.
Dublin Theatre Festival 2018/Irish Tour
Adaptation by Arthur Riordan
Set and Costume Design
Sarah Jane Shiels
Book by Arthur Riordan
Music by Bill Whelan
The Train 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.
‘Fiery comic exuberance…The whole show is a triumph‘