Shortlisted for the Broadway Baby Bobby award at the Brighton Fringe 2016, Weird Sisters Theatre Company perform Airswimming at The Farnham Pottery on 20 to 22 October, 2017.
Director Stephanie Goodfellow comments: “The aim was always to bring Airswimming to local audiences after touring nationally last year. We wanted to explore the possibility of unusual venues, and we are particularly excited to be using The Farnham Pottery for this piece. This carefully preserved example of a Victorian country pottery has the authenticity of a period that resonates with our show.”
Inspired by real events, the play tells the beautiful and poignant story of two young women confined together in a psychiatric hospital for 50 years. By turns funny and heartbreaking, and not afraid to confront issues of mental health, this is the story of the triumph of friendship and the power of the imagination.
Stephanie comments: “Despite the tragedy of the women’s circumstances, this is by no means a bleak play. There is a wonderful warmth and wacky humour in the unlikely friendship between Dora, a cross-dressing self-confessed deviant, and Persephone, a young unmarried mother”.
This production features original music written by composer and sound designer Nigel Dams. Nigel’s experience with rock music is the perfect foil to the sweetness of the Doris Day songs which are featured in the show. Just as with the show itself, there is a thrilling energy in the music as two worlds collide and nothing is quite what it seems.
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