Swan Song (Robbins)

by  Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 4f

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

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Swan Song (Robbins)

by  Norman Robbins

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
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    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

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Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


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

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Action of the play takes place in the living room of "Cooper's View" home of Marianne Grayson, on the outskirts of Durning-on-Tace, near London.

    Act 1 Sc 1 An afternoon in July: Sc 2 Later that evening: Sc 3 Mid morning. Two days later

    Ac 2 Sc 1 Afternon eight days later: Sc 2 Late the following morning: Sc 3 A week later. Early afternoon

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 4f

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

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Cast Attributes

  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

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




Norman Robbins

Norman, 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 theatre-goer from the age of 3, (his Grand-parents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were always available) he was equally fascinated by Operett ...

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