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Next Swan Down the River Might be Black by Sean Burn

Next Swan Down the River Might be Black

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Next Swan Down the River Might be Black by Sean Burn

We follow the shifting alliances of three young women on a psychiatric ward over one momentous week. Cerys, nineteen, black and depressive, Kay, twenty-six, white and bipolar, and Zee, a Pakistani-British student nurse and former service user, are all fighting a faceless institution in their own way. Their happiness, health and friendships are at stake as they struggle to find creative paths through life. The play examines diversity, friendships, sexualities and power at a time of rising uncertainties.


'The play examines the precarious relationship between the women and sheds some light on the complexities of psychiatric care in the 21st century...poetic and often distressing...'

About the Author

Sean Burn's plays (www.gobscure.info) have been staged by a number of companies across Europe and in the UK. His thirty short films have received screenings worldwide, as well as at Tate Modern and National Film Theatre Studios, London. The latest - Widescream - was joint winner of 2010's Old Vic short monologue competition. His latest solo show - Bastilles Englan - taking poet John Clare's asylum break out and five day walk to freedom in 1841 has toured internationally. He was shortlisted for a Dadafest Disability Arts Award 2009 for next swan down the river might be black and this play was also shortlisted for the BBC's Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2011. It tours nationally in the spring 2012.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd April 2012


Sean Burn

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Aurora Metro Publications


56 pages


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