★★★★★ “It is so refreshing when a theatre embraces its ability to make interesting creative decisions. Out of Water is one of the best examples of the power of theatre to spark thought, debate and, hopefully, acceptance.” Broadway World

★★★★ “Zoe Cooper’s wonderful new play… great to see a play that puts a lesbian couple at its centre and deals so thoughtfully with gender identity.” Time Out

★★★★ “Whatever it is that distinguishes rare writing talent, Zoe Cooper has got it.” The Guardian

★★★★ “Beadily observed and sharply funny” The Times

★★★★ “a tender and nuanced piece of writing” The Stage

2 Off West End Award nominations – Tilda Wickham: Best Performance (non-binary) in a Play and Lucy Briggs-Owen: Best Female Performance  

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 is the writer of the critically acclaimed Jess and Joe Forever, a hit at the Orange Tree and the Traverse Theatre. It is directed by Guy Jones, following his highly praised production of Joe White’s Mayfly at the OT.

“a small play with a big heart, a romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny but also unexpectedly powerful” Evening Standard on Jess and Joe Forever

“Guy Jones directs with subtle theatrical flourishes – small but significant human touches – pull together and create something big” Exeunt on Mayfly


In association with the Royal Shakespeare Company    

Photo (Gemita Samarra) by Hamish Brown
Reharsal photos by The Other Richard


Lucy Briggs-Owen
Zoe West
Tilda Wickham
DirectorGuy Jones
Lighting Designer Jess Bernberg
Designer Camilla Clarke
Sound Designer and Composer Helen Skiera
Casting DirectorMatthew Dewsbury