Written & Performed by Alice Mary Cooper
Directed by Gill Robertson
Dramaturgy by Naomi O’Kelly
Design by Lisa Sangster
Sound Design by Danny Krass
Waves is a solo theatre work written and performed by theatre-maker and performer Alice Mary Cooper. It is the story of young Australian woman, Elizabeth Moncello, daughter of immigrants, and unofficial inventor of the Butterfly stroke.
Combining new writing, storytelling, movement and humour, Waves is the tale of Elizabeth and how, growing up on Gabo Island, Australia in the 1930’s, she developed ‘the Dolphin’.
Elizabeth’s determination, wit and courage help her defy the tide of expectation and discover her hidden strengths. It is a funny, moving, absorbing, and intimate theatrical event for children and adults aged 8 and over.
“Something truly beautiful”
FOUR STARS (Broadway Baby)
“Fifty glorious minutes… imperceptibly crafted, cleverly told tale with its feel-good twists”
FOUR STARS (Tom Dibdin, AllEdinburghTheatre.com)
Waves started as a short story Alice wrote for a French magazine Jean Marie. The theme for the edition was ‘Islands’ and so Alice began researching, finally choosing Gabo Island as the setting for a tale. The script grew from there. While the character, Elizabeth, is fictional, the story is influenced by Alice’s own love of swimming and perhaps moreover, by doing laps in the Fanny Durack pool in her hometown of Sydney.
Alice was interested in creating a work that paid homage to pioneering female swimmers of the early 1900s, of which Fanny was one. She also felt that too many women, particularly from that era, disappeared without a trace. Even though Elizabeth may not have existed, Alice believes incredible people like her did, but were not recorded by history’s ‘grand narrative’.
“A beautiful example of how storytelling can grip an audience from start to finish. Alice Mary Cooper entrances us in a fantastic tale about the hidden strengths we all possess.” (Tony Reekie, Festival Director, Imaginate)
Waves is available for touring.
Download a tour pack here.
Scale of Venue: small to medium scale
Company size: 2 on the road
Length of show: 50mins. No interval
Description: Text based, new writing.
Costs: Please contact us for more information on pricing.
To book a show or ask for additional information, please contact :
Alice Mary Cooper
alicemcooper[at] gmail [dot] com
Cancelled due to Covid-19: 2020 April Tour of Scotland produced by Independent Arts Projects and supported by the Creative Scotland Touring Fund
6 May, Derby Theatre
14 May, Riverbank Arts Centre, Co. Kildare
16 May, Draiocht, Blanchardstown
18 May, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
19 May, The MAC, Belfast
23 May, Town Hall Theatre, Galway
6 June, Paisley Arts Centre
7 June, Birnam Arts Centre, nr Dunkeld
8 June, Platform, Easterhouse
9 June, River Festival, The Barn, Banchory
2 March, Ōtaki Civic Theatre, New Zealand Festival
3 March, Carterton Events Centre, New Zealand Festival
5 March, Circa Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand Festival
9, 10, 12, 13 March, Q Loft, Auckland Arts Festival
17 March, Barnett Hall, Piha, Auckland Arts Festival
3-29 August, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (show in French on 24 August)
31 January, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
7-12 February 2015, The Stables, Fringe World Festival, Perth
11-17 May, Traverse Theatre, Imaginate (now Edinburgh International Children’s Festival)
15-18 May, Brighton Fringe at the Burrow
20-21 May, Camden People’s Theatre, London
August, Edinburgh Festival Fringe