SWANSONG

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Pulled from the streets of 1960's Ireland, this gritty monodrama tells the story of Austin “Occi” Byrne, abused and isolated, violent and vulnerable, flawed and searching for redemption. This is theatre that doesn't settle for easy answers. “Exceptional. That ‘wow' moment: André de Vanny providing us with riveting demonstrations of the power of one.” – The Sydney Morning Herald Playwright Conor McDermottroe is a Writer/Director working across theatre, film, and television. His feature film, “Swansong, Story of Occi Byrne” was adapted from his play and selected for the Munich, Montreal and Camerimage film festivals. It won best drama at the Galway Film Fleadh and was nominated for six ITFAs in 2011, winning Martin McCann best actor for the role of Occi. Conor is currently in talks to stage his latest theatre piece and finishing pre-production work on a feature film, which he is adapting from a television screenplay. His works have been staged in Europe and the US where he was nominated for best new play at the IRNE awards. His first two screenplays were selected for the Moonstone International Screenwriter Workshops. Directed by Greg Caroll and Starring André de Vanny “Occi is an eternal optimist, says de Vanny, “we all know people who have hope even in the most dire situations. This is a timeless, relevant story. Prejudice and mental illness are unfortunately still prevalent in society today. This play speaks to those issues here and now. It shines a light on people who slip through the cracks, those who are outcast and forgotten.” André de Vanny's (Occi) performance in "Swansong" has achieved widespread critical acclaim with two sell out seasons at Sydney's The Old Fitz Theatre as well as Melbourne's Metanoia Theatre, and most recently at Theatre Works in Melbourne. He received a Green Room Award (Best Actor) for his role in "Glory Dazed" for Red Stitch Theatre Company. He starred opposite legendary Australian actor Colin Friels in John Logan's award winning two hander, "Red," for the Melbourne Theatre Company and as Don Pedro in "The Rover" for Belvoir Theatre Company as well as the world premiere of the new Australian play "Night Slows Down" for the Bakehouse Theatre Company. André had a principal role in the Australian production of the heralded West-End "War Horse" for The National Theatre of London, performing more than 300 shows across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards for his role in "Of Mice And Men" at Sport For Jove Theatre Company. His career began with the leading role in the international hit series Wicked Science 1 and 2 and has since appeared in numerous Australian feature films including the upcoming The Combination 2, Hating Alison Ashley, Under a Red Moon, Nice Shootin' Cowboy. He was seen in the Dreamworks/HBO's miniseries The Pacific, Steven King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Salem's Lot, and the acclaimed mini series Hercules. Produced by Australian Theatre Company and Skylight Theatre Company Lighting Design by Jared A. Sayeg "Swansong" runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm; Sundays at 2:00pm; and Mondays at 8:00pm through October 7, 2018. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 - $32. Reservations: (866) 811-4111, atctix.org or http://SkylightTix.com

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Reviews

"An intense 65 minutes, you will feel Occi, and you won't soon forget him. The playwright, Conor McDermottroe, as well as de Vanny, have won numerous awards, the play has been done around the world in several languages, and is well worth your time if you are ready to experience this range of emotions."

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Connor McDermottroe's Swansong bears seeing if only to witness the extraordinary André de Vanny in action, but boy is it a tough one to watch."

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"Swan Song by Connor McDermottroe is a one person show, a challenging form that flies or sinks very much on the interest and passion one performer can generate and inspire for an hour or more. Here we have a hard time tearing our eyes away. De Vanny comes across as emotionally naked, open to a degree that warms our hearts. As we learn more, however, the hint rises and becomes vividly clear--he must have paid a fearful price for achieving this."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


"Swansong is a stunningly beautiful, muscular play that tears at the heart and pounds on the emotions. Very Highly Recommended."

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"...Swansong is the kind of drama you go to anticipating an unsettling journey into the psyche of another human being — hopefully one that illuminates the fundamental humanity we all share....This reviewer, however, found much sameness in the character's repeated descriptions of his wrangles and brawls;"

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
"AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMER IN A POWERFUL PLAY Produced by the Australian Theatre Company along with Skylight Theatre, Conor McDermottroe's one-man play Swansong and André de Vanny's pile-driving performance will stay with you long after the 65-minute one-act ends."

sweet - Joan Alperin - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"An intense 65 minutes, you will feel Occi, and you won't soon forget him. The playwright, Conor McDermottroe, as well as de Vanny, have won numerous awards, the play has been done around the world in several languages, and is well worth your time if you are ready to experience this range of emotions."

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Connor McDermottroe's Swansong bears seeing if only to witness the extraordinary André de Vanny in action, but boy is it a tough one to watch."

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"Swan Song by Connor McDermottroe is a one person show, a challenging form that flies or sinks very much on the interest and passion one performer can generate and inspire for an hour or more. Here we have a hard time tearing our eyes away. De Vanny comes across as emotionally naked, open to a degree that warms our hearts. As we learn more, however, the hint rises and becomes vividly clear--he must have paid a fearful price for achieving this."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


"Swansong is a stunningly beautiful, muscular play that tears at the heart and pounds on the emotions. Very Highly Recommended."

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"...Swansong is the kind of drama you go to anticipating an unsettling journey into the psyche of another human being — hopefully one that illuminates the fundamental humanity we all share....This reviewer, however, found much sameness in the character's repeated descriptions of his wrangles and brawls;"

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
"AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMER IN A POWERFUL PLAY Produced by the Australian Theatre Company along with Skylight Theatre, Conor McDermottroe's one-man play Swansong and André de Vanny's pile-driving performance will stay with you long after the 65-minute one-act ends."

sweet - Joan Alperin - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review