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RTÉ Radio 1 Drama On One

Quicksand by Elizabeth Moynihan

I know what it's like to be at the edge of everything...

Quicksand by Elizabeth Moynihan.

Otherness and isolation are universal experiences, but ones that some experience more than others. Quicksand brings to life the story of a woman who will stop at nothing to protect her son.

The play is partly inspired by the McKinnon case in Britain. In that case a mother fought for 10 years to prevent her son from being extradited after he obtained unauthorised access to US military sites on his computer.

Quicksand delves into perceptions of guilt, communication and love told through the story of a family faced with near-impossible odds.

The play contains some strong language.

Writer: Elizabeth Moynihan


Donna Dent (Joy)

Rex Ryan (Joe)

Sound Supervision: Ruth Kennington.

Director: Zoë Comyns

Producer for RTÉ: Kevin Brew

Series Producer, Drama On One is Kevin Reynolds

The radio version was adapted from from Elizabeth's stage play, which was premiered in 2019 and co-produced by Idir Mná and The New Theatre.

If listeners are affected by any of the issues raised in the play, you can find helpline information at

Duration: 46.17

First TX: 2 May 2021