Noteworthy, Swansong will be very impressive

By Riverine Herald

SWANSONG, an award-winning Irish monodrama, is making its way to the Cohuna Memorial Hall this Saturday.

Written by acclaimed writer and director Connor McDermottroe, Swansong tells the story of 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.

Starring the incredible Andre deVanny who was awarded best actor for his performance in Swansong out of 130 different shows at the New York United Solo Festival.

Scoring praise around the country and the world, this performance in Cohuna is not one to miss.

‘‘Swansong is a mighty tour de force featuring an indisputable talent and his boundless energy and commitment. What deVanny brings to the stage is faultlessly executed,’’ the Australian Theatre reviewed.

‘‘Impeccably delivered by Andre deVanny, going from strength to strength with a dazzling energy that radiates throughout the entire work, you won’t be able to look away,’’ according to Upstaged Reviews.

Gannawarra Shire Council is proud to be hosting the drama as part of its 2019 arts and culture program.

“Swansong is powerful, beautiful and tragic with a story told so exquisitely it has received accolades for the writing, production and especially Andre deVanny’s portrayal of Occi Byrne,” mayor Lorraine Learmonth said.

“We are bringing this show to Cohuna for the serious theatre buffs. This show is in a league of its own and we’re unlikely to see acting like DeVanny’s here again — he is extraordinary.”

The performance will start at 7.30pm, with deVanny to host a question and answer session following the performance.

“Rarely does Gannawarra attract performers of Andre deVanny’s calibre to perform locally, so I encourage those interested in serious theatre to come along,” Cr Learmonth said.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for holders of a health care card, seniors card or pension card, and $15 for 15-year-old to 17-year-old children who are accompanied by an adult.

Bookings can be made by visiting trybooking.com/YHKL