In Search of Owen Roe - Vanessa O’Neill

On the 2016 VCE Drama and Theatre Studies Playlist. 

“An unmarked grave containing the bodies of my great-grandfather, Owen Roe O’Neill and his young daughter. A little further away lie the graves of all the other family members. All have tombstones and gravestones. Only Owen Roe has nothing.”

Watch the trailer here

Thus begins an exploration of ancestry – a weaving together of stories from the past and their resonances with the present. Tales of rebels and raconteurs, of memories and ghosts, of lovers and longings. There is the central quest of the search for the great-grandfather, and the father who is fading through dementia, as well as the tale of the 17th century leader of the Irish rebellion. There are stories of deep connections to Ireland – and the exciting array of characters who are unearthed as the mysteries of the great-grandfather are uncovered.

How much of our ancestry do we carry with us?

What is left if we lose our memories?

Does an Irish heritage always result in a weakness for Irish men?

In Search of Owen Roe is a powerful and engaging piece of storytelling, featuring a number of characters, an evocative sound design, and richly nuanced text.

“In Search of Owen Roe is a beautifully directed and executed one woman show.” Lisa Romeo Planet Arts Melbourne

On The Road

TOUR DATES

May 31: Murrayville Community College

June 1: Red Cliffs Secondary College

June 2: Shepparton High School

June 3: St Joseph's Echuca

IDEAL FOR

Years 9 – 12, VCE

DURATION

60 mins + Q & A

FEE

Base rate of $1040 + GST for up to 130 students, with additional students @ $8 each LESS Eligible Subsidy

 

AusVELS Links: The Arts, English, The Humanities (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship)

VCE:  Drama, Units 1, 2 and 3, VCE Theatre Studies Units 1, 2, 3, 4. 2016 VCE Drama and Theatre Studies Playlisted performance

Artforms: Drama

General Capabilities: Critical and Creative thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding

Key Themes:  Search for identity, ancestry, belonging, Memory (loss), immigration

REVIEW: Lisa Romeo, Planet Arts Melbourne, In Search of Owen Roe - Theatre Review, Sunday, June 28, 2015

Image Ponch Hawkes

“An unmarked grave containing the bodies of my great-grandfather, Owen Roe O’Neill and his young daughter. A little further away lie the graves of all the other family members. All have tombstones and gravestones. Only Owen Roe has nothing.”

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Metro: 30th May 2016 to 3rd Jun 2016
Regional: 30th May 2016 to 3rd Jun 2016

A one-woman-show written and performed by Vanessa O’Neill
Duration: 60 mins + Q & A
Artform: Drama
Minimum fee: Base rate of $1040 + GST for up to 130 students, with additional students @ $8 each LESS Eligible Subsidy
Suitability: Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Term: Term 2
Maximum Student Attendance: 130