Red Line Underground and Poor Tom's Gin presents
WRITTEN BY CONOR MCDERMOTTROE
DIRECTED BY GREG CARROLL
SUNDAY 19 AUGUST
OLD FITZ THEATRE
PERFORMANCE TIME: 7:00 PM
Swansong is returning to the Old Fitz stage for one show only before Andre De Vanny takes this "mighty tour de force" to New York.
Swansong tells the story of Austin ‘Occi’ Byrne, the illegitimate child of a single mother in the Catholic west of 1960’s Ireland. Shunned by church, state and family, Occi must fight his way to adulthood in a dog eat dog world. It’s an exhilarating journey that plunges him into murder and mayhem, love and death, only to return him to the place where he began. Tragic, tender and uproariously funny, Swansong is the story of a lost soul in search of redemption.
Andre de Vanny (Best Actor - Australian Green Room Awards) delivers a mighty tour de force performance in the role of Occi Byrne. At once charming, joyful and darkly comic, his conjuring of Occi has left audiences both thrilled and devastated. It’s a powerhouse performance brimming with tenderness, raw honesty and unbridled brutality.
Directed by Melbourne Fringe Festival co-founder Greg Carroll and written by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McDermottroe, Swansong is storytelling stripped bare. Immersive, confronting and wondrously funny, it is a contemporary classic from a master of Irish writing.
"Swansong is a mighty tour de force featuring an indisputable talent and his boundless energy and commitment. What de Vanny brings to the stage is faultlessly executed." - Suzy Goes See
"Directed by Greg Carroll, this late-slot showcase doesn’t have a set or lighting rig to call its own, but with all eyes on de Vanny, it feels complete. If Swansong is revived in the future – and it should be – I wouldn’t want to see it presented with much more in the way of technical embellishment than it is here." - Jason Blake