A trio of Ireland's finest actors - Cathy-Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O'Sullivan, Mark O'Rowe's acclaimed new play The Approach, from Landmark Productions, currently running at Dublin's Project Arts Centre, before moving to Cork's Everyman Theatre later this month.

Here, they talk about their early days as actors.

DERBHLE: I just couldn't resist it I suppose, I'm sure like all three of us really. Try as I did, to be a respectable and upstanding member of society. No, truly, I think it was completely irresistible and then it very slowly dawned that you might do this as a living. And then you, I'm sure in common with you, very tentatively start to ask if anybody might be interested in...

CATHY: Hiring you?

DERBHLE: Hiring you, or hearing you or, all of that.

AISLING: And you came up from Cavan, up to Dublin, to study it, did you?

DERBHLE - No, I was at college here.

AISLING: That's right, you were studying law, were you?

DERHBLE: I was studying law, I was going to be a human rights champion but instead I became an actor. We all did something before, didn't we? What did you do?

AISLING: I studied marketing in the College of Marketing and Design.

I think it was the nearest thing to magic I'd ever experienced.

CATHY: And when did the seed start? Was it that time?

AISLING: It was always there, I think, but there's a big tradition in Kerry of storytelling and amateur drama, my father was always interested in it I always loved going to parties and there'd be the seanchaí... And, for some reason - you know when you hear a great song? I didn't see great paintings or anything like that, but there's some comfort or connection, or something means something. It was some beautiful feeling of meaning in those moments where people were listening to me! {laughs}

CATHY: But that was at a young age, hearing a story or...?

AISLING: Yeah, playing or...making meaning out of chaos. Your possibilities became greater I felt - I could be loads of different things and not just trapped in one thing. (TO CATHY) And how did you get into it? You were from Galway, right?

CATHY: Yeah...It was such an arty city, even though nobody was aware that it was arty. I remember as a kid going to the Galway Arts Festivals, and seeing big street theatre and feeling free or released or something and brought to another level. I do remember a moment; Mum and Dad used to go to Druid, the beautiful theatre, and going in that door I couldn’t believe that I could sit on a seat and be transported to another world - there was no magic button. I remember seeing Conversations on a Homecoming, I was quite young and I came out going - I can't believe I sat in this seat, and I was transported to this place in Tuam and these lives...

I think it was the nearest thing to magic I'd ever experienced, and there was a thing in the back of my head going ‘I want to be able to feel that, I want to be able to do that' - to transport somebody or take them out of their lives.

The Approach runs until 24 February at Project Arts Centre Dublin, and then from 27 February - 3 March at The Everyman, Cork - more details here.