RTÉ Radio 1 Drama On One

Quartet by Thomas McLaughlin

The future of the New Ireland String Quartet seems fragile..

The future of the New Ireland String Quartet seems fragile. - Elizabeth [first violin], still not knowing, after a year, how to cope with the death of Aisling, co-founder of the quartet. Rachel [second violin], the latest new girl trying to meet Elizabeth's standards as Aisling's replacement and struggling with a secret drink problem. Claire [viola] guilty that she is avoiding her husband's increasing dementia and worried over the possible break-up of the quartet. Amy [cello] seeking distraction with casual “on tour” sex. And now, because of a fall of volcanic ash and the grounding of flights, the quartet have to make the journey from Istanbul to Dublin by train, and the four women are forced together, far longer and far closer than they are used and conflict, both personal and musical, threatens to tear them apart. Will they make it to their concert in Dublin on time – will they even still exist by the time this train ride is over?

Written by Thomas McLaughlin

Bronagh Gallagher (Elizabeth)
Caoilfhionn Dunne (Rachel)
Tara Lynne O'Neill (Claire)
Caitriona Ni Mhurchu (Amy)
Frankie McCafferty (Kieran)
Robert O'Mahoney (Aubrey)-
Jonathan Ryan (Ferenc)
Ernis Avdic (Dirk)
Mirsad Ibisevic (Man on the phone)
Thomas McLaughlin (Radio Announcer)
Zbyscek Zalinksi (Music Announcer)

Music was played live in studio by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet –
Bogdan Sofei (First Violin)
Ingrid Nicola, (Second Violin)
Andreea Bancu (Viola)
Adrian Mantu (Cello)
Banish Misfortune was played by Bogdan Sofei.

Excerpts from Chris Watson’s album El Tren Fantasma were featured in the play and for more information on the release go to chriswatson.net. and touchmusic.org

Sound Supervision: Mark McGrath.
Dramaturg: Jesper Bergmann
Producer: Kevin Brew
Series Producer: Kevin Reynolds.

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee