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Fair City's Norton in Weighing In drama

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Helen Norton

Helen Norton who plays Vivienne in the RTÉ soap Fair City is joining Love/Hate actress Aoibhinn McGinnity in the new RTÉ Radio Drama on 1, Weighing In.

Set in a diet clinic in Clones, County Monaghan, the play centres on two characters, the first is Val from South County Dublin, played by Norton, who has moved with her husband for his new job in the local factory.

The other key character is Breda from Clones, played by McGinnity and the two women strike up an unlikely friendship through their evening walks around the local area.

Norton said that when she first read the script she thought: "It was great, it's a great laugh but also it's quite telling and I think every single woman in the country will completely identify with this story.

"The other role I was playing was Vivienne in Fair City and she's been domestically abused and she's now happily residing in Spain so it's completely different.

"You immerse yourself into that really dark world for a really long period of time and this is...somewhat light-hearted but it's not entirely.

"There are things going on in these women's lives that will come to the fore by the end of the play."

Norton is a clear fan of radio drama: "Radio is magic. I've always loved playing on radio because you can be absolutely anyone.

"It's just the most fantastic medium. Close your eyes, listen to it, it's amazing."

Listen to Weighing In on RTÉ Radio 1 this Sunday, January 5, at 8pm.

Speaking to RTÉ TEN, Gorretti Slavin from Radio 1's Drama on 1 said that the play is about how things don't seem as perfect as people make them out to be and how they can put up a facade – Val, for example, eventually shows her true colours.

As for the other character Breda, played by McGinnity aka Mrs Nidge, she did such a good job convincing viewers of her Dublin accent as Trish, that the playwright didn't realise that she was from Monaghan.

In response, McGinnity told RTÉ TEN: "I'm relieved that most people think I'm from Dublin and [this time around] it's nice to do something in your own accent.

"It's nice to not concentrate on the accent so I'll probably sound a little more natural."

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