Theatre show SWIM opens
Tue 29 Mar 2022

Theatre show SWIM opens

SWIM – a theatre show described as an ode to the healing power of nature set to open at Theatre by the Lake before embarking on national rural and coastal tour

Liz Richardson Productions Ltd co-produced by Theatre by the Lake in association with impPOSSIBLE Producing Ltd


Written by and starring Liz Richardson
Thu 31 March – Sat 16 April
Press night: Sat 2 April at 7:30pm at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Deviser & Director: Andy Routledge; Original Music: Carmel Smickersgill; Designer: Hannah Sibai

A show about wild swimming and the healing power of nature is set to open at Theatre by the Lake on 31 March, running until 16 April before embarking on a national rural and coastal tour to some unique and unusual venues.

A development of a previous incarnation of the show which opened at HOME in Manchester and transferred to Edinburgh Festival, the piece is written and performed by Liz Richardson.

Richardson said: “Back when I first had the idea in 2017, open water swimming was really starting to pick up and pop up as a more talked about thing around the UK. I was noticing so many people were taking to the water to help process things they were going through in their lives, I wanted to know more but I also wanted to dig more specifically  into why and what people were getting from swimming outdoors The first version of SWIM had a cast of three of us and a musician. This time it’s just me and the musician on stage. The play is more of a storytelling piece from my perspective rather than an exploratory expression of swimming.”

Featuring a live musician on stage (Carmel Smickersgill – nominee for Apple Music’s Rising Star Ivor Novello Award), the show has humour, heart, music and projection and is based on a true story.

SWIM is a TBTL co-production with Liz Richardson Productions Ltd in association with imPOSSIBLE Producing Ltd.

Find out more and book tickets for TBTL’s run here at or for the tour here.


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