An intimate and compelling solo performance from Lynda Radley about long-distance swimming, celebrity, storytelling and time, directed by Tom Creed.
Co-presented by Cork Midsummer Festival & Mermaid Arts Centre
Mercedes Gleitze swam the English Channel in 1927, aged 26, and it took her 15 hours and 15 minutes. She was a celebrated endurance swimmer who set and broke many records, often years in advance of men in her field. Lynda Radley found her in a faded photograph in Cork City Library and has been fascinated and frustrated ever since.
Fourteen years after the original stage production was seen at Cork Midsummer Festival, The Art of Swimming returns in a newly-conceived film version for online presentation, directed by Tom Creed and with music by Michael John McCarthy.
The Irish Times
Written and performed by Lynda Radley
Directed by Tom Creed
Music and sound by Michael John McCarthy
Filmed and edited by Jack Cocker
Created with the support of Aboagora - Between Arts and Sciences – Symposium, Turku, Finland.