Learning to Swim … On Dry Land

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that water plays a significant part in “Arturo the Waterboy”, the latest show from our young actors’ company. In fact, one of the characters, Arturo, spends a large part of the story imprisoned in a tank of water in a circus sideshow! I don’t want to give too much away about the production but I will share the secret with you that this tank isn’t really full of water… But when Arturo swims in it needs to look like it is full of water! This means that Ben Moores, our movement director, has spent a lot of time this week teaching us all how to swim… on dry land.

Tolu, who will be playing Arturo, has worked particularly hard to think about underwater movements and swimming so that his performance in the tank can look as authentic as possible. Our lighting designer Tom Dexter Scott has also been dreaming up a wonderful lighting design to complete the effect. So I guess you’re wondering how effective the final the final tank will be? Well, I’m afraid if you want to find out you’ll have to come to the Capitol Theatre in a week or two to watch the show and find out!