The Art of Swimming (Theatre)

6th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Art of Swimming (22-25 April 2009), from the young Irish theatre company Playgroup, is written and performed by Lynda Radley with musical accompaniment by John McCarthy.

It's the story of how Radley discovered the tale of Mercedes Gleitze (who was also the first person to swim the Straits of Gibraltar), and the awkward relationship that grew between her, the writer, and her dead subject. It is also an exploration of how the nature of celebrity affects a person whose goal is to do something incredibly solitary.

‘The Art of Swimming’ opened in September 2006 in Glasgow and Edinburgh to rave reviews. It was awarded Best Fringe Award in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2007 and nominated for the Total Theatre Award in Edinburgh. It was performed in The Netherlands during the Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2008. After seeing the production, STET invited Playgroup to perform it in the very special surroundings of the Museum Beelden aan Zee (Sculptures at the Sea).

Playgroup were formed in Cork, Ireland in 2002. Its artistic leader Tom Creed is one of today’s upcoming young directors working both in Ireland and Scotland.

Museum Beelden aan Zee
The location of this museum, in a dune bordering the sea, guarantees a unique dialogue between the play and the sculptures.  Tony Cragg’s most stunning sculptures create an incredible background for this delightful show. Currently, Tony Cragg is the most exhibited sculptor in the world and it is an honour to perform in this environment. (


Combined tickets for Performance / Museums:
€ 18,50 /€ 14,50  Discount (only on full price tickets) STET, Haguestcard, Uitpas € 1,50
Schools and Groupbookings (>10pers) reductions possible:

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or Tel: 06 300 500 18

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