Swimming at the White Bear Theatre

London theatre news: Monday 19 July 2021

London Fringe - Shows

Alex Bower's 'Swimming' heads to the White Bear Theatre this August, after a sell-out run in 2019, directed by Kayla Feldman
Swimming at the White Bear Theatre

Image courtesy White Bear Theatre

Writer Alex Bower had a sell-out success with his first play, Nights, and Swimming had a sell-out run at the White Bear Theatre just prior to the onset of the pandemic.

The latter play is now destined for a return run from 3 to 21 August back at the White Bear and will be directed by Kayla Feldman, whose production of Lucy Foster's Lobster at Theatre503 received rave reviews in 2018.

'Swimming' explores the complexities, inherent misunderstandings and conflicts of male bisexuality - an under-explored topic in popular culture.

It looks at masculinity in the modern day, career uncertainty and frustration and the nature of commitment and choice in the world that tells us we can have it all.

It grapples with the reality of being a gay man in a culture that's more accepting of queerness than ever, as well as being a humorous and entertaining story for gay people, straight people and everyone in between.

Show listing information


Envious of his best mate's care-free life and wild nights out, Dan suddenly splits up from his long -term girlfriend.

Unexpectedly, he soon falls head over heels for Sam after a chance meeting at the pool.

But for reasons he cannot explain or admit to himself, Dan keeps their new relationship a secret.

Over the hot summer months, as they fall deeper in love and the truth comes out, Dan is forced to confront his prejudices and fears and ask if he must choose a lane in life.

Funny, frank and sexy, SWIMMING returns to the White Bear after a sell out run in 2019 to tussle with big, twenty-first century questions around choice, taboos, and the conflict of identity.


Author: Alex Bower
Composer: Arthur Sawbridge
Director: Kayla Feldman
Lighting: Holly Ellis
Sound: Anna Short
Production: Eve Burns; undefined


White Bear Theatre
138 Kennington Park Road
SE11 4DJ


From: Tuesday 3 August 2021

Closed: Saturday 21 August 2021


Standard: £15


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