Water is the driving force of all nature - Leonardo da Vinci
Swimming Home is a show about the bliss of floating, the terror of sinking and the natural attraction to water which connects us all. It's a journey from private to public, from intimate to communal, which unfurls like a floating newspaper, over three acts.
Using the strategy of Autoteatro, where by audience members perform the piece themselves following simple audio instructions, Swimming Home invites the audience to reconsider their relationship with water and the environment around them, constantly transforming it through sound.
Written following interviews with swimmers, swimming coaches and water lovers from all over the UK, the piece mixes the ordinary and the fictional worlds to confuse, embellish, distort and merge the audience’s perceptions of time & space, whilst maintaining them as theatrical subjects at the centre of the action.
ACT 1 - Water, premiering on the 5th of October 2020 is a private meditation that takes place in the listeners' home.
Wearing a swimming costume, goggles and a pair of headphones, audience members are immersed in an aquatic and sonic world in their own bathroom . The ordinary becomes fantastical, your home becomes a film set and the bathtub transforms into a deep pool at the bottom of which we sit calmly.
Here, through the looking glass, your skin looks softer and brighter; your ambitions and desires are hanging in the locker, as you float suspended.
The show is accessible via Mercurious - NET App