When I lived in Manchester, visiting HOME was a real treat. Their unique fringe theatre was created with real passion and Liz Richardson’s Swim is no exception.
With Sam Ward from Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist and [Insert Slogan here] and Josie Dale-Jones from dressed. and Me & My Bee. Liz tells the story of when she gathered these two creatives and took them wild swimming.
Combining live music by Carmel Smickersgill, videography and moving storytelling, Swim is an intimate performance that explores the way we deal with grief. Liz opens the show telling us she didn’t make this show for herself, but for her friend she goes wild swimming with. Her friend is dealing with grief and we see the way they use wild swimming to deal with it.
It’s a poignant and tender show that doesn’t go much further than the story of Liz introducing Josie and Sam to wild swimming. They are both intrigued into what that feeling is when you go wild swimming and why people find it so healing. They talk to us like we are sat in their living room over a cup of tea.
They delve into the moment they all decided to go wild swimming through conversation with the help of video footage from their trips.
It’s a warm performance that forms a real connection with the audience in an unusually beautiful way. It’s a soft, cathartic performance that has a lot of depth under the surface. This show is an experience that will leave you with your heart warmed, your emotions stirred and entirely inspired to dive out of your comfort zone into the wild water.
SWIM is on at Edinburgh Fringe at Pleasance Courtyard at 15:30.