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Award winning “Best Actor” Andre de Vanny is extraordinary in Swansong, written by writer/director Connor McDermottroe.

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

Watch this materclass in acting as de Vanny reveals the tragic, tender, funny and sickening nature of humanity.

Set in the 1960s, 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 ostracised.

After childhood bullying leaves him with mild brain damage, Occi struggles to control his increasingly violent impulses as Mammy spirals ever further with 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. Swansong is the story of a lost soul in search of a home.

Warnings: This powerful play deals with mental health, family abuse, domestic violence and has strong course language. Please be mindful that this play may not be suitable for everyone and could be a trigger for some people.


  • Saturday, 25 May 2019 | 07:30 PM


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