Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Reviewed on Thursday 11th August
Airswimming follows the story of two women, Dora (or Dorph, played by Tanya Chainey) and Persephone (or Porph, played by Alison Nicol), as they each lose their mind whilst trapped inside St Dymphna’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
You are introduced to the characters with such force that it’s like you’ve known them for years. Performed in an intimate venue, the staging is simple with minimal set. The way in which Chainey and Nicol keep the audience captivated from start to finish is admirable. Both performances are hugely energised and intriguing.
Although there are many comical moments in Airswimming, the story is predominately sad and there were several moments where my heart ached for both characters as we slowly witnessed them loosing their once tight grip on reality. The whole piece is seamless and the acting impeccable, as the characters slip through time and mental states effortlessly.
Airswimming is a story of finding hope and happiness in a world without sanity; the cruel discovery that the only way to stay afloat in their unfair world is to airswim.
Reviewed by Lucy Beirne
Airswimming runs at Sweet Grassmarket (15:55) until Sunday 14th August 2016. Click here for info and tickets.