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Making Waves at the Lemon Tree with acclaimed theatre show

By David Porter

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Waves comes to the Lemon Tree
Waves comes to the Lemon Tree

Acclaimed theatre production, Alice Mary Cooper’s Waves, will be coming to the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on Saturday, October 16.

Having wowed audiences, both young and old since 2014, the performance is touring across Scotland this autumn to theatres, care homes, and schools.

Waves is the fictional tale of Elizabeth Moncello, a daughter of immigrants growing up on Gabo Island (Australia) in the 1930s, who taught herself to swim by emulating fish, penguins, and dolphins. She later went on to gain fame as the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke.

Combining storytelling, movement, and splashes of humour, Waves is about having the courage, desire and determination to swim against the tide of expectation. An extraordinary tale of a life fully lived.

Written by actor and theatre-maker, Alice Mary Cooper, it started life as a short story she wrote for the French magazine Jean Marie.

Influenced by her own love of swimming and by doing laps in a pool named ‘The Fanny Durack’ in her hometown of Sydney, Waves celebrates the pioneering female Australian swimmers of the early 1900s.

Although it is purely fictional, people like Elizabeth existed but were not recorded by history’s grand narrative.

For this tour, Independent Arts Projects are delighted to welcome Kerry Cleland who will be sharing the role with Alice Mary Cooper.

Tickets are on sale now and are available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at the Music Hall or His Majesty’s Theatre.

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