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Kay (Helen Embleton), Cerys (Maria Thomas) and Zee (Ambur Khan) in Sean Burn's 'Next Swan Down the River Might be Black'

‘Next Swan Down the River Might Be Black’ has been described by playwright Sean Burns as a personal response to being sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Obi Chiejina concludes that whilst the subject matter may be unfamiliar to theatre audiences the quest for personal fulfilment the play explores, is rooted in English romantic fiction.