Opening Night – Airswimming

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“Porph” and “Dorph” after the opening night of Airswimming.

The appreciative audience was treated to a classy and moving performance by Catherine Dawson (as Persphone,  “Porph”) and Grace Nicholson (as Dora, ” Dorph”), telling the story of two women on their journey of survival at a mental institution.

Based on a true story, Airswimming reflects the journey of two women, a Miss Kitson and a Miss Baker, who were incarcerated in a mental hospital for the criminally insane because they were women with human failings. They were released in 1974 having spent 49 years and 51 years respectively in the hospital.

Given the national awareness regarding mental health currently in the press and on TV, Airswimming presents another facet mental awareness issues and how they were dealt with in a process that was all to common in years gone by.

Airswimming will be on again Friday and Saturday 10, 11 October at 8 pm and Sunday 12 October at 3pm; then the following week Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 16, 17, 18 October at 8pm and Sunday 19 October at 3pm. Major sponsor for the production is the Mantra Pavilion Hotel. Book your tickets now at the Civic Theatre Booking Office or turn up on the night or get a group together to take advantage of the special group booking rates for 10 or more, available through the School of Arts office on 02 6921 2594.

 

 

 

Airswimming – Starts soon!!

Porh and Dorph

This is a story of two women on a journey of survival, through laughter and tears as they ‘swim and gasp for air’,Airswimming will be in the Basement Theatre Thursday , Friday and Saturday, 9, 10, 11 October at 8 pm and Sunday 12 October at 3pm; then the following week Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 16, 17, 18 October at 8pm and Sunday 19 October at 3pm.Major sponsor for the production is the Mantra Pavilion Hotel. Book your tickets now at the Civic Theatre Booking Office or get a group together to take advantage of the special group booking rates for 10 or more, available through the School of Arts office phone 6921 2594.

Director of Airswimming is Diana Lovett with Catherine Dawson and Grace Nicholson in the roles of Persephone (Porph) and Dora (Dorph).

Says Director Diana Lovett: “Based on a true story, Airswimming reflects the journey of two women, a Miss Kitson and a Miss Baker, who were incarcerated in a mental hospital for the criminally insane because they were women with human failings. They were released in 1974 having spent 49 years and 51 years respectively in the hospital. Airswimming will have you laughing and crying as you reflect on the injustices and the nightmares these women endure.” Persephone (who is obsessed with Doris Day) and Dora (a walking encyclopaedia on military history) will have audiences laughing and crying as they ‘swim and gasp for air’. BELOW: Catherine Dawson and Grace Nicholson get into character.

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Swim, Dorph, swim….”

Mantra Pavilion Hotel Wagga is the major sponsor of Airswimming with support from Kooringal Pharmacy and Independent Commodity Services. The production will be seen in the Basement Theatre for eight performances from October 9-19.

Director Diana Lovett has drawn together two actors, Catherine Dawson and Grace Nicholson, who are as enthusiastic and as insanely driven as she is….which is quite appropriate for this play.

Based on a true story, Airswimming reflects the journey of two women, a Miss Kitson and a Miss Baker, who were incarcerated into a mental hospital for the criminally insane because they were women with human ‘failings’. They faced the injustice of a society whose desire was to hide what it did not want to accept. A situation that was only too prevalent in the 1800’s and pre 1970’s.

These two women represent the many who fell prey to the embarrassment to which families succumbed. So what were their crimes? And did they deserve life sentences? They were released in 1972 having spent 49 years and 51 years respectively in St Dymphna’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Catherine Dawson plays Persephene and her alter ego Porph, who is obsessed with Doris Day while Grace Nicholson plays Dora and her alter ego Dorph, who is a walking encyclopedia on military history.

Airswimming will have you laughing and crying as you reflect the injustices and the nightmares these women endure. Persephone and Dora will take you on their journey of survival.

Bookings can be made at the Civic Theatre   02 6926 9688

Group bookings (10+) at the Basement office 02 6922 2594

Airswimming

‘Swim, Dorph, swim….”

Mantra Pavilion Hotel Wagga is the major sponsor of Airswimming with support from Kooringal Pharmacy and Independent Commodity Services. The production will be seen in the Basement Theatre for eight performances from October 9-19.

Director Diana Lovett has drawn together two actors, Catherine Dawson and Grace Nicholson, who are as enthusiastic and as insanely driven as she is….which is quite appropriate for this play.

Based on a true story, Airswimming reflects the journey of two women, a Miss Kitson and a Miss Baker, who were incarcerated into a mental hospital for the criminally insane because they were women with human ‘failings’. They faced the injustice of a society whose desire was to hide what it did not want to accept. A situation that was only too prevalent in the 1800’s and pre 1970’s.

These two women represent the many who fell prey to the embarrassment to which families succumbed. So what were their crimes? And did they deserve life sentences? They were released in 1972 having spent 49 years and 51 years respectively in St Dymphna’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Catherine Dawson plays Persephene and her alter ego Porph, who is obsessed with Doris Day while Grace Nicholson plays Dora and her alter ego Dorph, who is a walking encyclopedia on military history.

Airswimming will have you laughing and crying as you reflect the injustices and the nightmares these women endure. Persephone and Dora will take you on their journey of survival.

Bookings can be made at the Civic Theatre   02 6926 9688

Group bookings (10+) at the Basement office 02 6922 2594