Swan Song

Swan Song, a play by Norman Robbins, was performed by the Dragon Theatre Company in East London. I wasn’t familiar with the story, but it proved a gripping tale.

Retired opera singer Tryphosa Swan is not impressed with her daughter Amy’s choice of husband. She’s determined to cut the pair out of her will – having already removed her other daughter, Carla, when she got married. However, she may have gone a step too far, as murder is just around the corner.

The play was sometimes a bit wordy, but usually absorbing, with an intriguing cast of characters. Helen MacMahon was convincing as Tryphosa, with a strong singing voice, while Jenny Rees was excellent as her friend Marianne. Rebecca Dear and Lindsay Stoll were very good as the daughters Amy and Carla. I also liked Richard Jackson as Amy’s husband Frank, a man with two very different faces, and Leiran Gibson in the small but significant role of the family historian.

The ending was unexpected and overall I found the experience hugely enjoyable.

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