• Pleasance Courtyard - Beside
  • 15:30
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Liz Richardson in association with the Pleasance and HOME
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


There is this lake. And in the lake, there's a woman. She's swimming. She finds the pain is less, to remember him in the water. Liz took Sam and Josie swimming. She said they'd feel amazing. It was cold. It was really cold. Swim is a brand new show from theatre makers Liz Richardson (Gutted), Josie Dale-Jones (dressed. and Me & My Bee) and Sam Ward (Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist and [insert slogan here]). With live music, videography and playful, intimate storytelling, Swim is about isolation, being held and just jumping in.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard on far right. Entrance via gentle ramp.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Trish 124 days ago

WOW! I loved this and would recommend to anyone, especially if you enjoy wild swimming and are grieving or trying to support someone who is grieving.
It was very moving and emotional. I think it is very hard to describe grief but I felt it in this performance. A very lovely and emotional performance for a friend.

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The Feminist Fringe (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

Serenading with an electric guitar whilst two of the four performers make small talk with entering audience members is exactly how Swim means to go on. You are looked after and you are guided throughout the show’s layers of loss and swimming. We are told this show is not about a woman named Ruth but it is for her. A show by Liz Richardson in association with the Pleasance and HOME, SWIM seems to be about wild swimming and someone who doesn’t swim out in the water for long enough.

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Exeunt 116 days ago

Liz Richardson tells us at the beginning of SWIM that she didn’t make this show for herself, but rather for the friend she goes wild swimming with, a friend who is struggling through an unnamed grief. Sam Ward and Josie Dale-Jones, the two makers who made the show with her, are not...

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The Independent (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

Like Swim and Collapsible, Pelican Daughters doesn’t come to any terribly profound point. There is, seeded within it, an anxiety at the gap between the collectivist idealism of the Greenham Common generation and the floundering individualism of today’s young women. But – like Jack Thorne’s The End of History, currently...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

SWIM is a show about wild swimming and grief, as theatremaker Liz Richardson tells the audience at the start. Not her grief, but an unnamed friend's, who started using wild swimming as a way to cope with the pain. This show is not about her, but for her. To help...

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FringeReview 120 days ago

This was a dreamy piece of Fringe Theatre. Grief is a mercurial thing; difficult to catch and put in a cage to examine, difficult to put into words and even more difficult to explain to strangers in a Fringe show. You either thrust your audience into it fully, leaving no...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 123 days ago

Swim is a show about grief, friendship and wild swimming. It’s also about miscommunication or the inevitable barriers existing between one person’s sorrow (or life-giving passion) and the people who want to get it, but can’t. Created and performed by Liz Richardson, Josie Dale-Jones and Sam Ward, the piece is...

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The List (4/5 stars) 124 days ago

Moving tale of wild swimming, friendship and the undertow of grief...

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Miro Magazine (3/5 stars) 125 days ago

Liz Richardson goes wild swimming as often as she can, every day if possible. It’s her opportunity to take stock, her space, her “me-time”. And yet she started to Swim with a grieving friend, a supportive presence when words are not enough.

Swim is not about this friend. But it is for her. It’s for Richardson too – for anyone who can take something positive from the feeling of plunging into icy cold water, with the startling clarity that the only important thing right then is to swim, to move, to stay alive.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

“How will we swim onstage?” A good question, and one answered beautifully here. ‘Swim’ is a mesmerising production; a play about wild swimming, and grief, it blends live dialogue and music with pre-recorded footage and soundscapes to produce something unique. It transports the audience not so much into the water,...

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