Silvia Mercuriali: Swimming Home

Silvia Mercuriali: Swimming Home


Are you ready to dive in?

Lancaster Arts is delighted to open our season on Water with Swimming Home, Silvia Mercuriali’s unique online aural show featuring you as the swimmer!

Swimming Home brings a fully immersive theatre experience into your home, transforming your bathroom into a filmic water-world. Standing in your bathroom, wearing a swimming costume, goggles and some headphones, you are led through a journey of rediscovery of your relationship with water as you prepare to enter your bath (or shower).

As lockdown starts to ease, this is a wonderful opportunity to relax, enter an imaginative world and recall the whole experience of swimming – from getting changed to diving in the pool.

Being encouraged to stop, to listen and to observe made me realise how little I’ve switched off lately.

Audience member

Following interviews with swimmers, swimming coaches and water lovers from all over the UK, Swimming Home mixes the ordinary and  fictional worlds to  embellish, distort and merge your perception of time & space, all from the safety of your own bathtub.

Swimming Home plays with the liminal, with the gap between imagination and reality, and urges you to let go and float away. It pays off: when you are finally allowed to submerge and dip your head under the water, it is oddly exhilarating.

✭✭✭✭  The Stage

How to Participate

(You can choose between the bath or shower version)

You’ll need to download an app (onto your smartphone) which is available worldwide creating a community of HOME SWIMMERS reaching beyond geographical borders.

Once you purchase your ticket you'll be sent a unique code which you enter into the app giving you access to the event at the time you've booked.

What you need

  • Access to a Bath OR a Shower

  • The app with a stable internet connection on a charged phone

  • A good pair of headphones

  • A swimsuit, swimming goggles and a towel

Silvia Mercuriali has been working in theatre creating site-specific installations, experimental theatre shows and immersive performances. She has presented work across the UK and internationally. Silvia explores a new kind of performance whereby audience members perform the piece themselves, usually for each other (Autoteatro). Participants are given instruction via audio, visual cues or text for what to do or say. By simply following these instructions an event begins to unfold.



Event Times

Mon 26 April: 6pm,8.30pm Tues 27 April: 7pm Weds 28 April: 3pm,8.30pm Thurs 29 April: 7pm Fri 30 April: 6pm & 8.30pm Sat 1 May: 10.30am,3pm,8pm Sun 2 May: 10.30am,3pm,8pm Mon 3 May: 10.30am,3pm,8pm Tues 4 May: 7pm Weds 5 May: 3pm,8.30pm Thurs 6 May: 6pm,8.30pm


All Tickets £10 All bookings are processed via the company