The Society of British Theatre Designers

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Like a Fish

Like a Fish
  • Production: Like A Fish Out Of Water
  • Company: seven sisters group with English National Ballet
  • Venue: Hillingdon Lido
  • Year: 2012
  • Author: Richard Hurford
  • Directed by: Susanne Thomas with Associate Director Sophie Jump
  • Composer : Craig Vear
  • Costume Design by: Sophie Jump
  • Scenography by: Sophie Jump
  • Photography by: Chris Nash
  • Design © Sophie Jump
  • Image © Chris Nash
Like a Fish Out of Water, a part of Secrets, presented an inspired new concept developed by Seven Sisters Group that blends site specific performance and handheld video technology. This exciting new event took audiences on a magical journey around two of London's beautiful lidos featuring dancers, actors, stunning designs and cinematic soundscape. Taking place during opening hours, the audience received an mp3 player with headphones to follow the route on the screen and listen to the soundtrack, stopping to sit on deck chairs, encountering live and pre-recorded performance, installation and the everyday users of the lido. A story unfolded based on the fictional heroine of Like a Fish Out of Water, an elderly woman who has visited and swum in the lido since childhood. She is “like a fish out of water” when on land and her fantasies and inner life are captured in a combination of beautiful underwater scenes in pre-filmed sequences and live performance. Myths and legends, mermaids and selkies, all were explored in this fascinating multi-sensory experience.