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Swan Song Riveting Monodrama From Australian Theatre Company Raises Mental Illness Awareness

By: Arisa Olazabal

Los Feliz, CA, Skylight Theatre (The Hollywood Times) 09/19/2018 – “Swansong, Story of Occi Byrne”

André de Vanny stars in ‘Swansong’ at Skylight Theatre

Straight from the streets of 1960’s Ireland, the Australian Theatre Company previews a stunning snapshot of the road to redemption. It’s vivid imagery cascades the intimate Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz. This theatrical performance brings you into an 80 minute story of a man abandoned by his father and left to care for his alcoholic mother on the never ending search to find meaning despite his chaotic past.

André de Vanny’s (Occi) performance in Swansong, displays the anger, vigilance and pride that remains as an outcast of his town. The play shines a light on prejudice, mental illness,  and flawed actions of a confused and neglected but optimistic man. The monodrama, Swansong grips tightly to your imagination, as if you were the artist of Conor McDermottroe’s (Playwright) movie. Breaking the fourth wall, this play is asking you to look at your prejudices in a new perspective.


Based on the original play you will see at the Skylight Theatre, this story was selected for the Munich, Montreal and Camerimage film festivals, Swansong won best drama at the Galway Film Fleadh and was nominated for six ITFA’s. This is a must emotional and volatile offering from the ATC is a must see play to discover this season in Los Angeles this fall.

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Meet Austin ‘Occi’ Byrne, the abused illegitimate child of a single mother growing up in the 1960s on the streets of Sligo, Ireland

[Swansong opens at 8:30pm on Saturday, September 8th and continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm; 2:00pm on Sundays; and 8:00pm on Mondays 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]

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