Cast announced for Out of Water by Zoe Cooper

A swimmer's head emerging from the sea

Lucy Briggs-Owen, Zoe West and Tilda Wickham will appear in the new play Out of Water, about a lesbian couple expecting a baby, written by Zoe Cooper

It follows her hit play Jess and Joe Forever, which played at the Orange Tree in 2016 and Traverse in 2017 in a co-production with Farnham Maltings. Guy Jones (Joe White’s Mayfly) directs this joint commission between the OT and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The production is designed by Camilla Clarke, the lighting designer is Jess Bernberg, the Sound Designer & Composer is Helen Skiera and Casting Director is Matthew Dewsbury. There are over 900 £12.50 Under 30s tickets available throughout the run.

And we are watching the huge grey waves crashing and this is the moment when I say I have to tell you something

Claire and her wife Kit have moved from the confines of London to the wide open coasts of South Shields.

To be nearer family, to be nearer the sea, to put down roots. To have a baby.

Claire’s new job at the local school is a step up, and she wants to make a real difference, but she soon discovers that she has as much to learn from her students as they have from her…

My name is Fish. The pronoun that I go by is they.

A tender new play about gender, wild swimming, and how we define who we are.

Zoe Cooper’s plays include Jess and Joe Forever (Orange Tree Theatre/Traverse Theatre/national tour); Petrification (Northern Stage/Live Theatre Newcastle); Nativities (Live Theatre); and Utopia (Soho Theatre/Live Theatre).

Guy Jones is Literary Associate of the Orange Tree Theatre. His theatre credits include Danusia Samal’s Busking It (Pleasance/HighTide/Shoreditch Town Hall) and Stewart Parker’s Spokesong (Finborough Theatre). Credits as assistant director include Melly Still’s Cymbeline (RSC) and Lyndsey Turner’s Saint George and The Dragon (National Theatre)

Lucy Briggs-Owens' theatre work includes Present Laughter (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Divide, Future Conditional, Fortune’s Fool (The Old Vic); The Night Watch, Widowers’ Houses (Royal Exchange); The Rivals (Bristol Old Vic); Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory); Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre); Boris Godunov, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cardenio, The City Madam (RSC); The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible); Mrs Warren’s Profession (Theatre Royal Bath); The Importance of Being Earnest (Regent’s Park); Private Lives (Hampstead); Troilus and Cressida (Cheeky by Jowl). TV includes A Confession, A Very English Scandal, Doc Martin, Siblings.

Zoe West's theatre work includes White Teeth (Kiln Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Theatr Clwyd); Creatives (Perfect Pitch); A Million Tiny Glitches (Sleepdogs); Constance & Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams (Action To The Word); Island Song (Stratford Circus); Watson, Come Here, I Want You (Quarter Too Ensemble).

Tilda Wickham's theatre work includes Romeo and Juliet, Birdsong, Hamp (The Marlowe Society); and A Queer Anthology of Dating. Writing credits include Anon is a Woman (Southwark Playhouse). Radio credits include Fathers and Sons (BBC).

£15 Previews of Out of Water begin 27 April
£12.50 Under 30s Tickets available for all performances

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