Pool­side an­tics through the ages

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s Tv -

Listed Lido, Listed The­atre Lido, To­mor­row, 7.30pm LISTED The­atre will be slip­ping into swim­suits from all eras this sum­mer, to tell you about the es­capades, glo­ries and more re­cent clo­sures of li­dos through­out Bri­tain.

From the blitz to the bikini, the play 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 site­spe­cific romp, through the thrills and 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 mag­nif­i­cent pools have of­fered bri­tons since they were built just un­der a cen­tury ago.

Premier­ing at the mag­nif­i­cent Peter­bor­ough Lido dur­ing the Peter­bor­ough Fes­ti­val, 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, through­out June and July.

Jes­sica Man­ley, pro­ducer of Listed Lido, said: “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, while doc­u­ment­ing the bat­tles to save our beloved li­dos, which are cur­rently rag­ing across the coun­try. It is so im­por­tant that we save these li­dos, which are valu­able ur­ban oases.”

The Peter­bor­ough per­for­mance takes place at the city Lido in bish­ops Road, to­mor­row, at 7.30pm. Tick­ets cost £10 (£6 con­ces­sions) and are avail­able in ad­vance from www.list­edthe­atre.com or call 07576 169 620 on the day.

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