An examination of the ties that hold us together in a fractured society.
In a decaying pub in South London, preparations are being made for a wake. With only an hour before their guests arrive, a family begin to settle their accounts. The ghosts of lives lived and opportunities missed are laid to rest as new and ancient betrayals are confronted and forgiven.
D.C. Moore's short play The Swan was first performed in a double bill with Edgar & Annabel by Sam Holcroft as part of the National Theatre's Double Feature season of paired short plays at the Paintframe, a specially converted space at the National Theatre, London, in July 2011.
The Swan and Edgar & Annabel are also available together in the volume Double Feature: One.
'Coarse, tart and funny'The Times
'DC Moore is the laureate of disappointed blokes in boozers and Jim is one of his most accurate, compassionate inventions'Time Out
'A savvy, worldly piece about deception and loyalty. Moore is one of the best thirty-something playwrights around, an expert analyst of half-truths and human weakness'Evening Standard
2 Dec 2014
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