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“Impeccably delivered by Andre de Vanny, going from strength to strength with a dazzling energy that radiatesthroughout the entire work, you won’t be able to look away.”

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Meet Occi Byrne, the illegitimate child of a single mother in the Catholic west of Ireland. Shunned by church, state and family, Occi must fight his way to adulthood in a dog eat dog world. Violent, tragic and hauntingly tender, Swansong is the story of a lost soul from one of the masters of Irish drama. Swansong is an award winning Irish monodrama written by acclaimed writer/director Conor McDermottroe.

Set in the 1960’s Swansong tells the story of Austin ‘Occi’ Byrne, the illegitimate child of a single mother in the Catholic west of Ireland. Shunned by church, state and family, Occi and his beloved Mammy are outcast and ostracized. After childhood bullying leaves him with mild brain damage Occi struggles to control his increasingly violent impulses as Mammy spirals ever further in alcohol abuse.

Occi must fight his way to adulthood in a dog eat dog world. It’s an exhilarating journey that plunges him in to murder and mayhem, love and death, only to return him to the place he began. Tragic, tender and uproariously funny Swansong is the story of a lost soul in search of a home.

Swansong is a taut and gripping read. As a piece of theatre, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt like and outsider, who have ever been denied a voice. Occi, for all his flawed humanity is a symbol of hope. An unlikely hero who faces insurmountable odds and never gives up. His is a timely message. An important story.

By Conor McDermottroe

Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Red Hot Productions

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2019 Season.

 Thanks to our 2019 partners

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“Swansong is a mighty tour de force featuring an indisputable talent and his boundless energy and commitment. If you expect intensity or blatant confrontation from a solo show, Swansong will not disappoint. Through brilliant, classic theatre; Andre De Vanny (‘Best Actor’, 2015 Green Room Awards) uses a raw energy in a solo performance, unraveling heartbreak and horror."

Australian Theatre

“A stand out year for the one-actor show, Andre de Vanny (Swansong) providing us with riveting demonstrations of the power of one.”

Sydney Morning Herald

About the Show

Meet Occi Byrne, the illegitimate child of a single mother in the Catholic west of Ireland. Shunned by church, state and family, Occi must fight his way to adulthood in a dog eat dog world. Violent, tragic and hauntingly tender, Swansong is an award winning Irish monodrama written by acclaimed writer/director Connor McDermottroe.

Information for Educators

A virtuosic one man performance by acclaimed actor Andre de Vanny, Swansong explores stories of family and themes of masculinity and violence. In the current climate, this powerful tale is gripping from beginning to end. An excellent example for students studying solo performance.

Age Suitability

Ages 15+

Extension Opportunities

• We have pre and post show workshops available! Let us know if your group is attending and we can craft an experience to meet your needs.

• An Education Resource Kit is available for this performance.

References to mental health, family abuse, domestic violence and strong course language. Recommended for ages 15+.

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