Fair City actress Ciara O’Callaghan has revealed she was left emotionally drained after filming her character Yvonne Doyle’s “harrowing” rape scene.
The actress meticulously researched the storyline before filming, and sought help from the Rape Crisis Centre to ensure that she realistically portrayed the violent storyline.
Fair City bosses decided to make the sensitive scenes on a ‘closed set’, clearing away cast and crew not essential to filming.
Ciara described the period of filming as “draining” and “harrowing”.
“It’s been very draining, harrowing in fact. The day we filmed it, I had 17 scenes in a row. It was really, really demanding.”
“But the director Gary Agnew and the crew have just been incredible. We had a closed set, which is very unusual,” she said.
Yvonne – who has accrued more enemies than friends in Carrigstown – suffers a hellish attack by her date, Martin.
She met Martin through internet dating, but the second date goes horribly wrong after they go back to Yvonne’s house and she has too much to drink.
“I think it’s only like 7 per cent of rape is down the alleyway by a stranger. The majority of rape is by somebody you know – it could be your husband, your partner, somebody you have met a few times. It’s a huge issue.”
Anyone who is affected by the issues in this storyline can contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 77 88 88.