Swansong by Red Hot Productions

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 Connor 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.

Swansong is a mighty tour de force monodrama faultlessly executed

21st May 2019 to 10th Aug 2019

Red Hot Productions
Duration: 80 minutes, no interval
Artform: Drama
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Date Venue Location More info
21st May 2019 Latrobe Performing Arts Centre Cnr Breed and Grey Streets, Traralgon, 3844
22nd May 2019 Bunjil Place Magid Drive, Narre Warren, 3805
23rd May 2019 Burrinja 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey, 3158
24th May 2019 Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison St, Kyneton, 3444
25th May 2019 Cohuna Memorial Hall King Edward St, Cohuna, 3568
28th Jun 2019 Kingston Arts Centre 979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin, 3189
29th Jun 2019 Kingston Arts Centre 979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin, 3189
26th Jul 2019 Potato Shed 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale, 3222
31st Jul 2019 West Gippsland Arts Centre Albert Street, Warragul, 3820
3rd Aug 2019 Heyfield War Memorial Hall MacFarlane Street, Heyfield, 3858  
8th Aug 2019 Frankston Arts Centre Davey St, Frankston, 3199
10th Aug 2019 Mount Beauty Community Centre Kiewa Crescent, Mount Beauty