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Wild swimming show ‘SWIM’ is back on tour

Following a sell-out tour in 2022, Liz Richardson’s solo show about community, grief and the outdoors returns to UK theatres this year

Wild swimming show SWIM returns to UK regional theatres this year after a sell-out tour in 2022.

The solo show, written and performed by Liz Richardson, tells the story of Liz moving to the Peak District after time away in the city for a new chapter of her life. When her new community is rocked by tragedy, Liz rediscovers outdoor swimming and how it can keep both her and her new friends afloat.

This tender tale blessed with Richardson’s “skilled physicality and comic timing” is based on a true story, with music composed and performed by award-winning musician Carmel Smickersgill.

The tour commences at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster on 9 March before heading to theatres in cities around the country, including in London, Manchester, Poole and Sheffield.

Throughout the tour, Liz will be swimming with local communities across the UK. If you’d like Liz to join your group for a swim, get in touch with her via the contact page on her website.

You can read about Liz’s swims around the UK during her tour last year on her blog.

Here’s where SWIM will be touring this year:

Dukes Theatre, Lancaster – 9 March
Derby Theatre – 10 March
Omnibus Theatre, London – 16-18 March
Edge Theatre, Manchester – 15 June
Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole – 20 June
Thorington Amphitheatre, Suffolk – 22 June
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough – 23 June
Sheffield Playhouse – 24 June

You can book your tickets through the theatre box office.

SWIM includes themes of child loss and grief and has a recommended age guidance of 14+.

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Abi writes swimming news stories and features for the Outdoor Swimmer website and manages the social media channels. She loves to swim, run, hike and SUP close to her home in Herefordshire. While she’s a keen wild swimmer, Abi is new to the world of open water events and recently completed her first open water mile. She has previously written for The Guardian, BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC History Magazine and Ernest Journal.