lifeguard makes a splash at Govanhill Baths

Adrian Howells & Ira Mandela Siobhan (Photo: Simon Murphy)

The National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches in association with Govanhill Baths Community Trust
present lifeguard created by Adrian Howells, in collaboration with Mike Brookes, Minty Donald, Rob Drummond, Jane Mason, Nick Millar  and Nichola Scrutton.
lifeguard is an intimate and immersive theatrical experience about human beings and their relationship to water and swimming. Taking place in the disused teaching pool of the Govanhill Baths from 5 to 27 October 2012, the audience will have the opportunity to enter into a multi-sensory poolside encounter with their own ‘lifeguard’.

Through the narrative of a relationship between a lifeguard and a swimmer, the audience’s complex and ambiguous relationship with water is explored. A young man, under the guidance and encouragement of an experienced, older man, is taught to overcome his fear of water and to swim. However, just when the young man might be tempted to think he's untouchable, something happens which changes the lifeguard and swimmer’s lives irrevocably.

lifeguard is an intimate performance for a small audience with live performance by Adrian Howells (the lifeguard) and Ira Mandela Siobhan (the swimmer) ; movement and physical 'score' by Jane Mason; soundscape and music by Nichola Scrutton, lighting by Mike Brookes; and original film projected onto the bottom of the pool by Nick Millar and Minty Donald, who is also the designer.  The dramaturg for lifeguard is Rob Drummond.

lifeguard explores how vital and life-affirming swimming is as a  life-saving, and health-promoting activity and how emotionally and psychologically 'therapeutic' water is. It also explores how water can be life-threatening and how much we fear it.

Govanhill Baths, an Edwardian swimming pool and wash house, was closed 11 years ago and is now looked after by Govanhill Baths Community Trust whose aim is to preserve and conserve the baths for the public benefit. The National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches are reinstating the training pool for the purpose of this production. The production will also include other swimmers, some of who will have learned to swim in Govanhill Baths during the course of rehearsals.

An exhibition entitled Water Water Everywhere will also be on display in the baths for the duration of lifeguard. This installation has been created by the local community, including St Bride's Primary School, Cuthbertson Primary School and Govanhill Voices community choir, working with the National Theatre of Scotland. 

Venue:  Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, Glasgow G42 7RA

Dates and Times: 5 to 27 October (no Sunday performance) at 7.30pm
Matinees:  Saturday 20th & 27th at 2.30pm
Ticket Prices: £12 full/£9 concs and previews (5th & 6th October)
Events and Accessible perfs : Post show discussion 18th Oct and BLS Interpreted perf on 18th Oct
Box Office – 0141 565 1000
*limited capacity production so early booking is encouraged