Wild Swimming

Theatre (new writing, comedy)

Add to favourites
  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 12:45
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: FullRogue / Pleasance / Bristol Old Vic Ferment
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains nudity, strobe lighting and strong language.
  • 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


Wild Swimming: a brief and benighted history. Nell and Oscar meet on a deserted beach in Dorset. It's 1595... or maybe it's 1610. Oscar has returned from his first term at university and Nell is doing f*ck all. They will meet here, again and again, on this beach... for the next 400 years. Stuff will change. As it does with time. They will try to keep up.

Please note that while all media gallery content is provided by verified members of the event, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not review or approve this content before it is posted. Reports of inappropriate content or copyright infringement can be directed to [email protected].

General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 5 steps down into space, For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Joanna 54 days ago

What a beautiful, funny, clever, engaging and moving show. I loved it and I'm so glad I caught it. I hope to see it again in Bristol or on tour. Well done.

Mark Wilson 57 days ago

Inventive, witty, energetic, very engaging and well done!

Margaret O'Sullivan 59 days ago

A unique show, great interaction between the two actors, timing was brilliant, would see it again.

John R Simpson 60 days ago

Yes it is a comedy. But there is so much more to it. A very clever witty commentary on the role of the sexes through the ages underpins the levity. I suspect a second or third viewing would reveal a lot that can be missed the first time round.
Light and funny and deep and thought provoking at the same time.

Louise Wilby 64 days ago

Very funny, topical and brilliantly improvised at times. Great acting and so worth seeing!

Angus Simpson 64 days ago

If you want a manic hour of quick-change, razor-sharp and ridiculously funny dialogue, a bit of historical perspective, some absolutely sublime performances – and a snack or two thrown in – you need to see Wild Swimming.
This is a new play bringing two characters – Nell and Oscar – together on the same beach again and again, over a period of 400 years! Between the 17th and 21st centuries we see gender perceptions flipped over and over. We laugh, we cry, we laugh again and eat grapes. Then we leave, enlightened but still laughing.
It’s a crazy but inspired concept, brilliantly executed in a flurry of music, sound and light – and those many and varied costume changes. Write down these two names – Annabel Baldwin and Alice Lamb – the two actors who hold the whole thing together with their occasionally tender, sometimes manic but always ‘real’ performances. You will be seeing both of these fine young performers again. Their interaction is a joy to behold, their immaculate comic timing and compendium of emotions a privilege to watch. This was an unexpected pleasure and now a treasured memory.

Josie Holden Wilby 65 days ago

Hilarious writing, incredible acting, best show I saw at fringe! Definitely go and watch!

Carl 65 days ago

Brilliant performance by both the actors. Interesting and funny piece of theatre. Definitely recommend to anyone!

Mike Tivnen 68 days ago

Oh I just loved this play! One of my top 2 or 3 performances of this year’s Fringe. If you can’t choose between comedy and theatre: this is your man. A 2-hander performed by two girls – Annabel Baldwin and Alice Lamb – who have just the best chemistry. They – and their constant breaking of the 4th Wall by throwing snacks into the audience or asking front row members to button up their outfits – make the play, and even without a plot would make for an engaging hour. The play is mad and I won’t attempt to describe it other than that it places us on a West Country beach and portrays their relationship (Annabel plays Oscar, Alice, Nell) at various points over about 400 years. Swimming’s a big part of their relationship. Or maybe a metaphor. I couldn’t entirely follow it tbh but I’m not sure you need to – I just let it wash over me and bathed in the joy of the performances. Oh and it's funny. Really funny. Hoping it’ll transfer to London cos I can’t wait to see it again.

Sally 68 days ago

Best kind of Fringe experience - pluck it out of the brochure because it sounds interesting and then find it more than lives up to its promise. Original and inventive. Both indulges and challenges you. And is quite a bit sexy. (That last one might just be me.)

Elaine Millar 75 days ago

Saw this show today and HIGHLY recommend it - fresh, funny, quirky, spontaneous, innovative with a timeless/timely message delivered with great energy.

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 52 days ago

Full Rogue’s production of Wild Swimming is a joyful, clever and funny show about gender, privilege, poetry and swimming. Alice Lamb and Annabel Baldwin play Oscar and Nell, two childhood friends with differen...

Read the full review

The List (4/5 stars) 55 days ago

Two fisted feminist theatre...

Read the full review

UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 56 days ago

A barking mad, completely lovely show, something to make you happy that theatre can be so lively, inventive and joyful. [...] this is a genuine gem.

Read the full review

FringeReview 59 days ago

The poster should give it away.  A woman in renaissance costume standing on a Dorset beach…  with a packet of wotsits in hand. Wild Swimming is an irreverent exploration of gender dynamics as seen through the shifting relationship of two people – Nell (Alice Lamb) and Oscar (Annabel Baldwin) over...

Read the full review

Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 59 days ago

The piece follows Oscar and Nell, two bring young things who live in adjacent houses on the south coast. The period is somewhere between the end of the 16th century and the start of the 17th (the text keeps things deliberately ambiguous), Oscar is back from university and Nell, "like...

Read the full review

The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 63 days ago

This is an amusing, anarchic and deliberately chaotic show that disrupts time, the audience and itself to explore a relationship between two characters, Nell and Oscar, by transplanting them into different centuries over the past 400 years. ...

Read the full review

ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 64 days ago

I very much like what FullRogue are up to here. They don’t so much break the fourth wall as smash it to pieces, grind it up and serve it to the audience, alongside snacks (I’m not joking – they’ll ply you with chocolate biccies). In something like a 21st Century...

Read the full review

Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 67 days ago

“We begin our poor play in the late 16th or perhaps early 17th Century – time is elastic in the theatre”. As the contemporary music changes to a renaissance lute song we meet Nell and Oscar on a Dorset beach; somewhere they will return over the course of the next...

Read the full review

Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 67 days ago

Wild Swimming is the story of two friends across centuries of change and development. Chaotic storytelling and frantic costume changes ensue in what becomes a bold, anarchic and life-affirming celebration of progress and friendship.Oscar and Nell begin the story of their friendship on a deserted beach at some point at...

Read the full review

Exeunt 68 days ago

There are shades of Ali Smith in Full Rogue’s winningly playful new piece. You can hear it in the sometimes erudite, often earthy back-and-forth between Oscar (Annabel Baldwin) and Nell (Alice Lamb). It’s buried inside the winking, slippery gender politics – watching Baldwin and Lamb struggle in and out of...

Read the full review

The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 73 days ago

Wild Swimming is an anachronistic romp tackling history, gender politics and art. With fourth-wall breaking, audience assistance and improvised elements, the work has the sensation of both a hurricane and its eye-swirling intentional chaos between scenes. Then in the still we are yanked back into focus with skewering commentary on...

Read the full review

Fest (3/5 stars) 77 days ago

Wild Swimming tracks the feminist tide. Set on a Cornish beach, Marek Horn’s slip of a short play follows a male-female friendship through the ages. As history shimmies past Oscar and Nell, corsets giving way to cozzies, male privilege is eroded. Women start making waves of their own. Starting in...

Read the full review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Please login to add a review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.