Swansong is an award winning Irish monodrama written by acclaimed writer/director Connor McDermottroe. 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.
When he was young, Austin (Occi) Byrne was tormented by the recurring rhyming taunts of the local bullies who were relentlessly cruel in the fact that Occi had no father. As he grows older, within the closed ecclesiastical communities of 1970’s, those taunts escalate in his delicate mind into a chorus. Occi’s quest to find his father becomes core to his identity; but his mother – all but shunned by her parents and the local community, keeps this secret. Narrated through Occi’s wayward world view, his story unfolds as a series of chaotic encounters, tempered by moments of tenderness and longing.
Some trigger warnings (mental health, family abuse, domestic violence, strong course language)
Complete Lockout – once Performance commences
Patrons please be advised to arrive at the theatre early, as once the performance commences, it will be a complete lockout, no one will be able to enter the Auditorium
LPA Member $25
Group (8+) $27