The Stage ★★★★ “Rich physicality… Richardson’s skilled physicality and comic timing”
Northern Arts Review ★★★★★ “It was faultless. Richardson played our hearts like a musical instrument…a privilege to be there”.
Westmorland Gazette ★★★★ “Liz is the most natural performer, and this is the most human of plays…a performance to inspire and touch your soul.”
“The sensation of water
flowing around my body
happily floating down a river,
watching the banks pass me by.
I like to take the same
journey as a river
it’s the lack of control
which feels so good,
it’s good to leave my
life alone for a while.”
Liz grew up in the Lake District. She spent her childhood walking in the fells, playing in the lakes and in the river at the end of her garden. After time away living in the City, Liz returns to the hills and into a new village for a new chapter of her life. But when her new community is rocked by tragedy, Liz rediscovers outdoor swimming and how it can keep both her and her new friends afloat. Filled with humour and heart, live music and projection, SWIM is a tender tale based on a true story.
Written and performed by Liz Richardson (Gutted) and featuring live music and video projection, SWIM is premiering at Theatre by the Lake in Spring 2022 ahead of a rural and UK theatre tour.
70 mins approx (no interval)
Content warning: please be aware that this show deals with themes of grief and the emotions surrounding the loss of a child.