After a successful week at the Rondo, Old Bag Theatre Company are heading to Swindon for one night with the brilliantly poignant AIRSWIMMING by CHARLOTTE JONES. Performing at the SHOEBOX THEATRE on SATURDAY 11TH MARCH 2017, Airswimming, directed by Andy Cork and Co-Directed by Emma Firman, is a darkly funny story of two women and how they support each other through fifty years of incarceration in an institution.
In the early 20th century it was not unknown for women who didn’t fit in or who were different to be declared ‘moral imbeciles’ and shut in institutions, away from the rest of the world to spare their families the disgrace of their differences. Actor and playwright Charlotte Jones, whose play Humble Boy opened at the Royal National Theatre in 2001 and who created and co-wrote the ITV series The Halcyon, wrote Airswimming in 1997 after being inspired by a newspaper article of two such women, the real-life Miss Kitson and Miss Baker.
But how do you survive for 50 years in a hospital for the criminally insane? How do you cope with the outside world when you are released, a world you no longer recognise? Dora and Persephone cling to each other, and take it in turns to support one another, through the years with humour, alter egos and a Doris Day wig.
This beautifully written play reminds us of the need to show compassion and understanding about the plight of our fellow human beings. Above all the play is entertaining, funny, surprising and moving. It has been very well received by audiences and reviewers alike at the Rondo Theatre in Bath, where the tour kicked off in February: “The cast are superb, all of them, running the whole gamut of the emotional and personality changes up and down the years with consummate skill.” John Christopher Wood for Theatre Bath “Directors Andy Cork and Emma Firman handle the subject matter and Jones’ sensitive writing with insight and compassion.” Claire Hayes for The Reviews Hub.
Tickets are £10 and are available online from http://www.oldbagtheatrecompany.co.uk/box-office/.