IN SEARCH OF OWEN ROE – La Mama Theatre
A one-woman show by Vanessa O’Neill (the performance on Saturday 21 May will be followed by complimentary Jameson’s Irish whisky)
‘An unmarked grave containing the bodies of my great-grandfather, Owen Roe O’Neill, and his young daughter. A little further away lie the graves of all the other family members. All have tombstones and gravesites. Only Owen Roe has nothing.’
Thus begins an exploration of ancestry – a weaving together of stories from the past and their resonances with the present. Tales of rebels and raconteurs, of memories and ghosts, of lovers and longings. The uncovering of mysteries surrounding a great-grandfather, and the fading memories of a father.
In Search of Owen Roe is a powerful and engaging piece of storytelling, featuring a myriad of characters, an evocative sound design and richly nuanced text.
‘In Search of Owen Roe is a beautifully directed and executed one woman show.’ – Lisa Romeo, Planet Arts Melbourne *****
‘A funny, emotional and clever performance by a strong and confident performer.’ – Margaret Wieringa, Theatre Press