Saturday 1 October 2016

'The Train reminds me that I'm a feminist...'

Claire Mc Cormach

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

EMPOWERED: Celtic beauty Lisa Lambe is ready for ‘The Train’ — a musical based on the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement protest of 1971, that involved travelling to Belfast to buy contraceptives. Photo: Gerry Mooney
EMPOWERED: Celtic beauty Lisa Lambe is ready for ‘The Train’ — a musical based on the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement protest of 1971, that involved travelling to Belfast to buy contraceptives. Photo: Gerry Mooney

She is the Celtic siren of country music all over the world, but Lisa Lambe's latest stage role has reminded her of the trials of being an Irish woman in the past.

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The Train, a new Irish musical, is inspired by the story of the infamous contraceptive train that travelled from Dublin to Belfast in 1971.

On board were a small group of courageous women whose short journey to buy contraceptives marked the beginning of a modern odyssey.

"From doing this play I've become very much aware of where we are in society now and the struggle women like Nell McCafferty and Mary Kenny brought to the fore," said Ms Lambe, best known as a former member of Celtic Woman and playing Mrs Ross O'Carroll-Kelly.

"These women are superheroes and what they did was epic," said Ms Lambe describing rehearsals as "a great learning curve".

The Rough Magic production, featuring music by Riverdance composer Bill Whelan and lyrics by Arthur Riordan, will run at Limerick's Lime Tree Theatre from October 1-3 and at the Project Arts Centre from October 6 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Sunday Independent

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