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Theatre lovers will not want to miss WAVES, written and performed by Alice Mary Cooper when it takes to the Roscommon Arts Centre stage on Wednesday next 24th May at 8pm.
WAVES tells the story of the unofficial history of the invention of the Butterfly stroke. Combining new writing, highly expressive storytelling, delicate movement and humour, WAVES is the amazing tale of Elizabeth Moncello and how, growing up on Gabo Island (Australia) in the 1930’s, she employed sea creatures to teach her how to swim. With the help of fish, penguins and amphibian friends, Liz, the daughter of immigrants, developed ‘the Dolphin,’ known to the world as the Butterfly.
WAVES started as a short story that Alice Mary wrote for a French magazine. The theme for the edition was ‘Islands’ and so she began researching, finally choosing Gabo Island as the setting for her tale and the play grew from there. While the main character in WAVES character is fictional, the story is influenced by Alice Mary’s own love of swimming and her interest in creating a work that paid homage to pioneering female swimmers of the early 1900’s.
Tickets for this beautiful and engaging piece of theatre are available to book now from Roscommon Arts Centre on 09066 25824 or via their website.