Dive talkin’ down at the city Lido

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s TV -

A PLAY which cel­e­brates the his­tory of li­dos will be one of the big shows at this year’s Peter­bor­ough Fes­ti­val.

First opened in 1936, the Peter­bor­ough Lido is one of the few sur­viv­ing out­door pools in the UK.

The build­ing, and ex­ist­ing ones like it, are be­ing revered in a new play by a London the­atre com­pany, which de­buts in Peter­bor­ough next week.

From the blitz to the bikini, Listed Lido is based on the true sto­ries sur­round­ing the legacy of the stun­ning Art Deco pub­lic pools and the swim­mers who use them.

Listed The­atre’s site-spe­cific romp, through the thrills and Listed Lido Peter­bor­ough Lido June 26 and 27 chills of Eng­land’s li­dos, dives off when a group of petty crim­i­nals are as­signed com­mu­nity ser­vice in an out­door swim­ming pool.

The of­fend­ers’ hard work pays off as they dis­cover the real-life sto­ries of love, loss, and, most im­por­tantly, free­dom that these pools have of­fered Bri­tons since they were built just un­der a cen­tury ago.

Premier­ing in Peter­bor­ough, Listed Lido will tour to Crown Pools in Ip­swich, Toot­ing Bec Lido and wrap up the run at the stun­ning Ilk­ley Lido in North York­shire.

Pro­ducer of Listed Lido Jes­sica Man­ley told The Guide: “In April 2009, Listed The­atre be­gan work to de­velop a per­for­mance piece, ex­plor­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory of Broomhill Pool, a derelict lido in Ip­swich, Suf­folk, and the cur­rent cam­paign to save it. Out of this work grew a re­search project which led us to dis­cover the rich legacy of li­dos na­tion­wide.

“We col­lected fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries about how these li­dos re­mained open dur­ing the Blitz, were wit­ness to the first-ever biki­nis, saw gen­er­a­tions of teenagers show­ing off on the div­ing boards (now banned due to new health and safety reg­u­la­tions), and trained swim­mers to cross the chan­nel.

“It is this cross-sec­tion of so­ci­ety that Listed Lido brings to life, whilst doc­u­ment­ing the bat­tles to save our beloved li­dos, which are rag­ing across the coun­try.

“It is so im­por­tant that we save these li­dos, which are valu­able ur­ban oases, fus­ing the ideals of democ­racy with ar­chi­tec­ture.”

Listed Lido is on at Peter­bor­ough Lido on June 26 and 27, at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets £10 (£6 con­ces­sions) are avail­able from 01733 207239 or at www.list­edthe­atre.com. Or call 07576 169 620 for same day book­ings.

There will be a full pre­view of the Peter­bor­ough Fes­ti­val in next week’s Guide sup­ple­ment.

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