Actress Caoilfhionn Dunne who plays Lizzie in Love/Hate and actress/singer/songwriter Bronagh Gallagher are amongst the talent in the new RTÉ Radio 1 Drama, Quartet.
Written by Thomas McLaughlin, the play also features Caitríona Ní Mhurchú (TG4’s Scúp), Tara Lynne O’Neill (EastEnders, Disco Pigs) and RTÉ’s new Quartet in residence, The RTÉ Contempo Quartet.
The drama follows four musicians stranded in Bucharest as a result of the ash cloud from the infamous Icelandic, volcano Eyjafjallajokull and tensions build as they struggle to return for a concert in the National Concert Hall.
Speaking to RTÉ TEN about why she enjoys a break from TV to work on radio drama, Dunne said: “I think this might be my sixth radio play with RTÉ and I love doing radio plays.
“I absolutely love coming in to play, which is what you do in these studios, you can be absolutely anything and anyone, that’s on the paper.
“I read this play by Thomas (McLaughlin) and I loved the idea of the music and women. Rarely do you get a play where your four lead characters are four powerful women.”
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Gallagher added: “I really like the play and I love the old school world of radio.”
The musician, who is currently working on her third album, added: “It’s also about the complete isolation of musicians being together, which I know about.
“There was the opportunity to work with the incredible Quartet…the music was a huge draw as well. Working with classical musicians, obviously I love music so to work with a classical tribe is always fascinating.”