Spent a few days in Dublin and saw 2 plays and a stand-up comedy night.

The most notable was a lunchtime show “The Art of Swimming” at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre by Lynda Radley – an excellent play based on the life of long-distance swimmer Mercedes Gleitze, the first British woman to swim the Channel. A one woman show (plus a marvellous musical soundscape from Michael John McCarthy). Simply entrancing. Watch out for it.  It won a 2007 Dublin Fringe award. As we were leaving the theatre, in the tiny lift, two older women also got in. And one said that Mercedes was her Aunt! We didn’t get a chance to talk much – but she was very approving of the show. It really was mesmerising – probably the best show we ever saw there.

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