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Friday 30 September 2016

'Suddenly don't feel bad about my twenties' - RTE's new all-female comedy Can't Cope Won't Cope wins over audiences

Sasha Brady

Published 20/09/2016 | 07:35

Can't Cope, Won't Cope stars Nika McGuigan and Séana Kerslake.
Can't Cope, Won't Cope stars Nika McGuigan and Séana Kerslake.
Acting out: Seana Kerslake in character as Aisling on set

RTE unveiled its new comedy Can't Cope Won't Cope on Monday night and the first episode has been a hit with viewers.

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Starring up-and-coming actresses Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) and Nika McGuigan (Traders,) Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope follows two girls from Cork who move to Dublin and try to balance vodka-fuelled, weekly pilgrimages to Copper Face Jacks with their working lives.

Aisling is the techie one who works for a fund manager in the IFSC and Danielle is the arty one who's studying graphic design in DIT. They live together and get on well but issues arise when Aisling's partying gets out of hand.

The premise isn't new, we've seen it before with TV shows like GIRLS but Can't Cope Won't Cope provides Irish audiences with their own homegrown version, something more relatable.

The predominantly all-female cast also stars Amy Huberman and it's written by Stefanie Preissner, a 28-year-old Corkwoman who also wrote the stage show Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend and RTE dubs as the "voice of a generation".

Speaking to the Irish Independent she said: "We're not the same as English or American people, we just aren't. I have not seen my friends naked, we do not hang around in the bath together like they do in GIRLS. I've seen them change modestly, averting my eyes politely, and that's about it.

"I wanted to see girls on TV that are actually like me. People might say, these girls make bad decisions and they're reckless, but that's OK! It doesn't help me at all to see characters on screen who are perfect. It's not realistic and it makes me judge myself really harshly. I make bad decisions, the characters do, and that's the discussion we're trying to open up."

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