Out of Water

Out of Water

Orange Tree Theatre · 27 APR - 01 JUN

A tender new play about gender, wild swimming, and how we define who we are.


And we are watching the huge grey waves crashing and this is the moment when I say I have to tell you something

Claire and her wife Kit have moved from the confines of London to the wide open coasts of South Shields.

To be nearer family, to be nearer the sea, to put down roots. To have a baby.

Claire’s new job at the local school is a step up, and she wants to make a real difference, but she soon discovers that she has as much to learn from her students as they have from her.

My name is Fish. The pronoun that I go by is they.

Age Recommendation: 13+

Critic reviews

Gently uplifting and amiably performed play about self-acceptance

The Stage

With its tender text and careful design, Out of Water is a subtle exploration of identity


One of the best examples of the power of theatre to spark thought, debate and, hopefully, acceptance

Broadway World

The overwhelming wave of this story is so heartfelt that you just get swept away. I would like more theatre to be like this


The nature of identity is explored with compassion in Cooper’s play which features brilliant performances

The Guardian

A lesbian couple move to the North East to have a baby in this moving drama about identity, gender and humanity

Time Out

Cooper has managed to encompass many unconventional and strong female personalities in this endearing, heartwarming and funny piece

The Upcoming

Set in the North of England, this is a charming, funny exploration of identity

Everything Theatre

Fidgety but rings out with truth and clarity

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 27 Apr - Sat 1 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 10 mins


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