Swan Song (Robbins)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4w, 2m

Long retired from the operatic stage, the famous soprano, Tryphosa Swan, is still a force to be reckoned with.

Swan Song (Robbins)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 2m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences



Impulsive, imperious, and incredibly rich, she has only one regret in life.  Abandoned as a baby, she has never known who her real mother was.  An unexpected clue prompts her to confide in her only close friend, Marianne, who advises her to let sleeping dogs lie.  But Tryphosa has never taken advice and hires a genealogist with unexpected results. 

Her uneasy relationship with her two daughters deteriorates, and when, in an act of pique, she decides to change her will yet again, the grim spectre of Death appears.  And the killing doesn't stop.

A gripping thriller by the author of Prescription for Murder, Practice to Deceive, the Tombtrilogy, and The Borzoletti Monstrance, Swan Song shows Norman Robbins at the top of his fiendish form.

Cast Attributes

MARIANNE - late 70s early 80s

TRYPHOSA - early 70s

AMY - late 40s early 50s

CARLA - late 40s early 50s

FRANK - late 40s early 50s

ANDREW - over 30

Character of Andrew can really be of any age as his character is that of a researcher - could range from early 20s upwards.

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Norman Robbins

Norman Robbins, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors, wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatregoer from the age of three (his grandparents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were al ...

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