We're very excited to announce our next projects in Switzerland:

  • April and May 2016, ongoing: Tour of Airswimming by Charlotte Jones; next in Biel and in Lenzburg. More tour dates are forthcoming.
  • We're also working on organising further performances of our staged reading Horu Fröiä.
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Airswimming by Charlotte Jones
German premiere in a translation by Cindy-Jane Armbruster and Eva Mann

Airswimming by Charlotte Jones is based on a true story. 1920s, St Dymphna's Asylum for the Criminally Insane: Persephone, Daddy's little girl, has given birth to a child out of wedlock, so she's been locked away. At St Dymphna's she meets Dora, a virago with a passion for military history. Dora and Persephone scrub the bathroom floors. For years. For decades. Forgotten by their families, they are not released until some 50 years later.

Trapped in the solitude of their daily routine, the two women eventually bond - what is initially a matter of necessity and convenience slowly deepens into genuine friendship and connection. They start sharing stories from their lives, or fragments of stories, since neither has ever been able to fully grasp what happened to her, and why.

The narrative is interrupted by the appearance of Dorph and Porph - alter egos of the two captured women - who go on wild and increasingly surreal adventures: airswimming, joining the Red Army's women's battalion, living their lives to a soundtrack of Doris Day. Similar to Beckett's tramps, Dorph and Porph are waiting for an unfathomable, unknowable, eternally absent something, which might be able to offer redemption and meaning.

Airswimming is a tragicomedy, an hommage to the many women who were locked up in asylums and prisons for being single mothers or simply not quite fitting in.

Persephone: Cindy-Jane Armbruster
Dora: Lilian Naef
Music: Fabienne Imoberdorf

Director production lead: Eva Mann
Dramaturgie- and Gastspielbetreuung: Marianne Weber
Lighting Design: Beat Jaggy

Tour 2016:
Thu 28th April, 20:00Theater Rennweg26 Biel
Tickets are 25.– / 20.– concession
Please email tickets [AT] playades [punkt] ch; or buy at the door. Open from 7pm.

Fri 27th May, 20:00Theatertage Lenzburg, Alter Gemeindesaal
Tickets are 35.– / 25.– concession
To reserve and buy please contact:
Tourismus Lenzburg Seetal, Kronenplatz 24, 5600 Lenzburg
062 886 45 47; tourismus(at)lenzburg(dot)ch
Mo 14.00 – 18.00 / Di – Fr 09.00 – 11.45 / 14.00 -17.00 / Sa 09.00 – 13.00

Box office at the door is opened from 7pm.