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Swim (Liz Richardson in association with the Pleasance and HOME)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2019

“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, as into the head space of a wild swimmer, and of a woman, powerless to help her friend cope with an overwhelming, all-consuming grief. The emotions conveyed are profound and sincere – given extra weight by the actors’ need to overcome the sound of torrential rain and rolling thunder. Although I won’t be joining them for a dip at Portobello beach tomorrow, part of me wishes I could.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]