Created by Alice Mary Cooper
Performer: Kerry Cleland or Alice Mary Cooper (job share)
Director: Gill Robertson
Associate Director: Laila Noble
Dramaturg: Naomi O Kelly 
Designer: Lisa Sangster
Sound Designer: Danny Krass
TSM on the road: Thom Hall or Sophie Wright (job share)
Producers: Saffy Setohy & Mhari Robinson

Waves is a solo theatre work written and performed by theatre-maker and performer Alice Mary Cooper.  It is the story of young Australian woman, Elizabeth Moncello, daughter of immigrants, and unofficial inventor of the Butterfly stroke.

Combining new writing, storytelling, movement and humour, Waves is the tale of Elizabeth and how, growing up on Gabo Island, Australia in the 1930’s, she developed ‘the Dolphin’.

Elizabeth’s determination, wit and courage help her defy the tide of expectation and discover her hidden strengths. It is a funny, moving, absorbing, and intimate theatrical event for children and adults aged 8 and over.

Visual stories have been created for Waves on tour. Please ask at the venue or download using the links below.

Something truly beautiful
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Fifty glorious minutes… imperceptibly craftedcleverly told tale with its feel-good twists”
★★★★ Tom Dibdin,

“A beautiful example of how storytelling can grip an audience from start to finish. Alice Mary Cooper entrances us in a fantastic tale about the hidden strengths we all possess.”
(Tony Reekie, Festival Director, Imaginate)

Supported by Creative Scotland through the Touring Fund.

Upcoming presentations:


7pm, Thu 30 Sep
Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
Tel: 01475 723 723

6pm, Wed 6 Oct
Eden Court, Inverness
Tel: 01463 234 234

2pm, Sat 9 Oct
The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Tel: 01334 475 000

7.30pm, Wed 13 Oct
Cumbernauld Theatre at Lanternhouse
Tel: 01236 732 887

2.30pm, Sat 16 Oct  
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 641122

7.30pm, Tue 19 Oct
Heart of Hawick  
Tel: 01450 360688

2pm, Fri 22 Oct
CatStrand, New Galloway
Tel: 01644 420 374

Alongside this, Waves will tour into primary schools and care homes. 

Previous presentations:

15-18 May, Brighton Fringe at the Burrow
20-21 May, Camden People’s Theatre, London
1-27 August, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

31 January, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
7-12 February 2015, The Stables, Fringe World Festival, Perth
11-17 May, Traverse Theatre, Imaginate (now Edinburgh International Children’s Festival)

2 March, Ōtaki Civic Theatre, New Zealand Festival
3 March, Carterton Events Centre, New Zealand Festival
5 March, Circa Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand Festival
9, 10, 12, 13 March, Q Loft, Auckland Arts Festival
17 March, Barnett Hall, Piha, Auckland Arts Festival
3-29 August, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (show in French on 24 August)

6 May, Derby Theatre
14 May, Riverbank Arts Centre, Co. Kildare
16 May, Draiocht, Blanchardstown
18 May, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
19 May, The MAC, Belfast
23 May, Town Hall Theatre, Galway
6 June, Paisley Arts Centre
7 June, Birnam Arts Centre, nr Dunkeld
8 June, Platform, Easterhouse
9 June, River Festival, The Barn, Banchory

2-7 & 8-15 August, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19) 
30 March, North Edinburgh Arts
3 April, Mareel, Lerwick
5 April, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
8 April, CatStrand, New Galloway
9 April, Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock
15 April, Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern
16 April, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
17 April, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine 
18 April, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles 
19 April, The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
22 April, Eden Court, Inverness
24 April, Dunoon Burgh Hall
25 April, Mull Theatre, Driumfin 

Photography by Mihaela Bodlovic

Waves is available for touring.
Download a tour pack here.

Scale of Venue: small to medium scale
Company size: 2 on the road
Length of show: 50mins. No interval
Description: Text based, new writing.
Language: English
Suitability: 8+
Costs: Please contact us for more information on pricing.

To book a show or ask for additional information, please contact :
Producer, Mhari Robinson
+44 (0) 7534 942 255
mharirobinson [at] gmail [dot] com