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Toilet humour: Emer Kinsella from Malahide, Dublin, and her friend Bonnie von Duyke lighten the sombre mood by playing violin in an empty toilet roll aisle. Photo: Kristin Brancaccio/Twitter

Toilet humour: Emer Kinsella from Malahide, Dublin, and her friend Bonnie von Duyke lighten the sombre mood by playing violin in an empty toilet roll aisle. Photo: Kristin Brancaccio/Twitter

Toilet humour: Emer Kinsella from Malahide, Dublin, and her friend Bonnie von Duyke lighten the sombre mood by playing violin in an empty toilet roll aisle. Photo: Kristin Brancaccio/Twitter

She's performed in Oscar-nominated movies, but a Dublin musician has become a sensation with a skit on the Titanic.

Emer Kinsella from Malahide and her friend Bonnie von Duyke decided to lighten the current sombre mood by playing violin in an empty toilet roll aisle.

Dressed in black suits and wearing lifejackets, the duo mimicked the orchestra who played on while the Titanic sank, performing 'Nearer, My God, To Thee'.

"All the serious projects I do - and then this skit explodes and takes over the internet," Emer said.

"We wanted to create a little bit of warmth in people's lives and take their minds off the constant worry."

The 32-year-old has been based in Los Angeles for four years working as a film and TV composer and violinist.

"It feels like we are on a sinking ship right now," she said. "Everyone has been saying thanks, that this has brightened their day."

The video, recorded in a supermarket in Santa Monica, has been picked up by numerous media outlets, including network TV channels ABC and the BBC.

Just a month ago, Emer was celebrating after playing violin in an Oscar-nominated documentary film 'St Louis Superman'. Now she is largely out of work as the industry has gone into lockdown. Her credits include the acclaimed Netflix science fiction drama 'Sense8' and the film 'Jungle', starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Emer is in touch with her family at home, but says the situation is "pretty tense" in the US.

"People are kind of avoiding everything and any close contact. It's kind of scary. It's obvious everyone is being cautious. Most people are isolating themselves now," she said.

Irish Independent