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Hopefuls audition for new Dublin soap

CASTING kicked off over the weekend for the new home-grown soap Red Rock, which will air on TV3 in the new year.

Leading Irish casting director Louise Kiely and her team hosted sessions on Saturday and Sunday in Dublin to find potential stars for the production. Further regional castings will take place in Belfast, Cork, Limerick and Galway over the next three weeks.

Hundreds of hopefuls who attended on Saturday and Sunday were asked to prepare a film/television monologue of a minute in length with the team explaining they "were hoping to represent the diversity of contemporary culture and ethnicities in Ireland as well as different age groups".


The selections in the capital took place in the John Player Factory on South Circular Road where much of the filming of the new drama series will take place. Set construction will begin in the coming weeks.

The soap has been billed as Dublin's answer to The Bill, focusing on the happenings in and around a garda station in a fictional north Dublin coastal town.

External location filming will mainly take place on Dún Laoghaire pier with shooting due to commence in October.

The twice-weekly show will appear on our screens in January 2015 and will be created by Irish writer Peter McKenna, who has previously worked on BBC productions EastEnders and Holby City.

It will be under the control of Irish film company Element Pictures - the outfit behind The Guard, What Richard Did and The Wind That Shakes The Barley.

The new show will form a key part of TV3's plan to compete with UTV which is entering the southern market next year.

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