SWIM - Trebah

Trebah Amphitheatre 28 Apr 2022, 7:00pm

presented by Theatre by the Lake, Liz Richardson Productions & imPOSSIBLE Producing

“The sensation of water
flowing around my body
happily floating down a river,
watching the banks pass me by.
I like to take the same
journey as a river
it’s the lack of control
which feels so good,
it’s good to leave my
life alone for a while.”

Liz grew up in the Lake District. She spent her childhood walking in the fells, playing in the lakes and in the river at the end of her garden. After time away living in the City, Liz returns to the hills and into a new village for a new chapter of her life. But when her new community is rocked by tragedy, Liz rediscovers outdoor swimming and how it can keep both her and her new friends afloat. Filled with humour and heart, live music and projection, SWIM is a tender tale based on a true story.

Written and performed by Liz Richardson (Gutted) and featuring live music and video projection, SWIM is premiering at Theatre by the Lake in Spring 2022 ahead of a rural and UK theatre tour

About the SWIM company

Liz Richardson

Liz Richardson trained at E15 Acting School, London. She now lives in the Peak District. She co-created one-woman show Gutted at HOME, which toured the UK widely. Whilst in London she was a founding member of actor-led, improvisational theatre company The Factory, performing at theatres including The Globe, Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and on BBC radio. Liz has also enjoyed success in stand-up comedy, being a semi-finalist in the Soho Theatre’s Amused Moose competition (BBC) and appearing for Funny Women and The Hackney Empire alongside Jenny Eclair. Liz is a facilitator for the Manchester hub of Mothers Who Make- a UK initiative peer support group for creative mothers and their work.

Find out more about Liz and her work www.lrproductions.co.uk

Andy Routledge

Andy Routledge is a theatre director from Northampton. His directing credits include 60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL (Royal & Derngate), WHEN WE DIED (Vault Festival, Edinburgh Festival) and VENTOUX devised with 2Magpies Theatre (Curve, Summerhall and national tour). His assistant directing credits include NEAPTIDE (National Theatre), B!RTH (Royal Exchange, Wellcome Collection), HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT (Royal Exchange, Sherman Theatre, Theatre by the Lake), TWELFTH NIGHT, SWEET CHARITY and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (all at Royal Exchange).

He is the founder of 60 Miles by Road or Rail - an arts, heritage and community initiative in his hometown of Northampton that brings together theatre, photography, co-creation, oral histories, seminars and film.

Andy trained in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, during which he was the resident trainee director at Royal Exchange in Manchester. Prior to this he studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham.

Andy regularly develops new work and has directed multiple script readings. He is an associate artist with National Youth Theatre and frequently works with drama schools and universities.

You can find out more about Andy on his website: https://www.andyroutledge.com/

Carmel Smickersgill

Carmel Smickersgill is a Manchester based artist working within predominantly electronic and classical genres. She has released music with the label PRAH and written for ensembles and performers such as the Liverpool Philharmonic, BCMG, Laura Bowler and Equilibrium Quartet to name a few.

She was a 2021 recipient of the Jerwood Live Art Fund a, 2020 Ivor Novello nominee and a 2019 recipient of the Christopher Brooks composition prize with the Liverpool Philharmonic. Her music has regularly been played on BBC radio 6 music and BBC radio 3, and she has performed live on Marc Riley’s show with alternative pop band Bunny Hoova.

Carmel studied Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music with Gary Carpenter. In 2021 she was made an associate member of the college. Carmel is now mentored with Anna Meredith.

Jim Dawson

Jim Dawson is a Creative Director who specialises in mixing analogue and digital technologies to achieve unique and innovative productions.

In 2015 Jim co-founded TripleDotMakers LTD with long time collaborator Annie Woodson. TripleDotMakers are a moving image and sound studio working across the music industry, museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural and commercial organisations. Their work often uses participatory practice, engaging local communities in the creation, curation and installation of the work. Their outputs range from Interactive art works, documentary film, animations and projection mapped installations, continually mixing up techniques to find new ways of engaging audiences with the places and people we work with.


Briony O’Callaghan

Briony O’Callaghan (she/her) trained as an actor in Manchester (Arden, 1st BA (hons) Acting) and then as a maker, mover and collaborator at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris for two years (2012-2014).  She is a director, performer, theatre maker, writer and movement director. Her work has been supported by ACE; Arts Council Norway; The Grotowski Institute, Poland; The Pleasance; HOME mcr; Grusomhetens Teater, Oslo; Sychrono Teatro, Athens; Topi Dalmata, Italy; Bloomsbury Festival; RADA and Rose Bruford.  She regularly directs, facilitates workshops and teaches in the UK and internationally. Organisations she has worked with in this capacity include RADA, Rose Bruford, The Arden, Salford Uni, East 15, The Point and Turtle Key Arts. As a collaborative deviser and movement specialist she has worked with companies including Making Faces Theatre, Vamos, Liz Richardson, The Pleasance, Mark Winstanley, Mark Bell (The Play That Goes Wrong). In this capacity she works regularly with Flabbergast (Macbeth, The Grotowski Institute; The Swell Mob, Edinburgh Fringe, Critics Choice Award); Babel (The Fall, HOME Mcr; The Orpheus Project, Rich Mix); David Glass Ensemble (Mortgage; Galapagos; Lost Child Project; Silence). She is core member with these companies and artistic director of Created a Monster. https://www.brionyocallaghan.com

Diana Mumbi

Diana Mumbi is a theatre maker and performance artist. She has worked at the Young Vic Theatre and was part of their Introduction to Directing training course. Diana is a member of The Island, an artist development programme led by imPOSSIBLE Producing. Diana absolutely loves swimming!

Sarah Goodyear

Sarah Goodyear trained in Production Arts (Stage Management, Lighting and Sound) at Liverpool Community College. Credits include: Aladdin (Oldham Coliseum Theatre),Invisible Cities (Manchester International Festival and Brisbane Festival), Twelfth Night (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), Pomona (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Tale of Mr Tumble (Opera House, Manchester), The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca (Hull Capital of Culture), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Northern Stage and Royal & Derngate), Mother Courage and Her Children (Headlong, Royal Exchange Theatre), There Has Possibly Been an Incident (Soho Theatre), How to Fly Like a Reindeer (Hull Truck Theatre), Too Clever by Half (Told by an Idiot, Royal Exchange Theatre), The Last Days of Troy (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).

Hannah Sibai

Hannah is a British/Syrian performance designer based in Yorkshire. Since training at Wimbledon School of Art in London she has designed over 80 productions across Europe including theatre, film, music videos and installations, and collaborating with directors, writers, choreographers and composers. She also often leads design workshops for arts organisations, community centres, theatre festivals, schools and universities.

Theatre design credits include: Love n Stuff (Oldham Coliseum), The Magic of Wild Heather (James Blakey, CAST and National Theatre Public Acts), Meet Me At Dawn (Ellie Rose, Hope Mill Theatre), Outrageous Fortune (Deborah Newbold and dir: John Wright), The Travelling Pantomime (Juliet Forster, York Theatre Royal) (The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Tutti Frutti), Gwei Mui (Jennifer Tang), The Elves and the Shoemakers (Juliet Forster, York Theatre Royal), Two (Tom Wright, Gala Theatre), Where We Began (SBC Theatre), War with the Newts (Knaive Theatre), Vulture's Song (Blah Blah Blah), 666 Comments (Daniel Bye), Pygmalion and Handbagged (Tom Wright, English Theatre Frankfurt), Instructions for Border Crossing (Alex Swift, Daniel Bye), The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure (Sarah Punshon), WANTED (Chris Goode and Company), Instant Light Circus Company (Slung Low), Under the Bed (154 Collective), Bassett (Javaad Alipoor, Sheffield Crucible), Phone Home (Upstart Theatre), Weekend Rockstars (Middle Child), Mr Tiger Goes Wild (Goblin), When We Were Brothers and Home Sweet Home (Freedom Studios), SET FIRE TO EVERYTHING!!! (RashDash) The Situation Room (Oscar Mike) and Country Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Paul Russell

Paul is a freelance Lighting Designer, Production/Project Manager

Paul’s lighting credits include:Exquisite Sister,Four Nights in Knaresborough (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet (Young Vic Theatre); M.Butterfly (Singapore Repertory Theatre).Midsummer Nights Dream (World Tour)Romeo and Juliet  (Spoletto Festival USA).Duchess of Malfi,L`Ormindo ,The Knight of the Burning Pestle,Cymbeline (Sam Wannamaker Playhouse,London) Closer(Royal National Theatre/Tour); Two Gentlemen of Verona (European tour) Farinelli and the King by Clare Van Kampen (Sam Wannamaker Playhouse) ,(Duke of Yorks Theatre Westend) and The Balasco Theatre New York for which Paul got a Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play 2017. Loves Labours Lost, Macbeth, After Edward, Taming of the Shrew and Women Beware Women (Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, London)

A Woman of No Importance UK Tour 2019

The Other Place, (Park Theatre and Theatre by the Lake)

Sleeping Beauty (Cumbria Tour) 2021

Paul also designs Lighting systems – recent credits include

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Kings Place London – Willow Globe North Wales Edinburgh Park (opening Sept 2022)

imPOSSIBLE Producing

imPOSSIBLE Producing is a Cornwall based covid response producing company producing locally and Nationally, supporting and developing artists and new work. imPOSSIBLE is led by experienced producers Charlie Bunker (Wildworks, Arts Council, Kerpow) and Gabby Vautier (Young Vic, Barbican, Kneehigh, Manchester International Festival, Punchdrunk, Fertility Fest). In their first year they launched The Island programme of sessions and retreats for artists, activists and producers. They produced Pagan Pandemonium created by Seamas Carey at New Wolsey, we’re commissioned by the Royal Docks to create a large scale outdoor co-created promenade production ARRIVAL with director Matthew Dunster and a team of artists, and supported Theatre Royal Plymouth, NSDF and Young Vic with new initiatives for developing artists in production, choreography, producing and VR.

SWIM is one of 15 productions imPOSSIBLE are currently working to make possible.



TEAM work in the arts; producing, managing, marketing and touring high quality work from a range of organisations. TEAM provide a bespoke and comprehensive range of services, tailored to the individual needs of their clients.

TEAM have a passion for touring, and have 20 years’ experience of producing, managing and marketing work on the small, mid and large scale in the UK and overseas.

Current clients include Shakespeare North Playhouse, Not Too Tame, Eden District Council, Shared Experience and Haworth Tompkins.