Written & Performed by Alice Mary Cooper
Directed by Gill Robertson
Dramaturgy by Naomi O’Kelly 
Design by Lisa Sangster
Sound Design by Danny Krass

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.

Something truly beautiful
FOUR STARS (Broadway Baby)

“Fifty glorious minutes… imperceptibly craftedcleverly told tale with its feel-good twists”
FOUR STARS (Tom Dibdin, AllEdinburghTheatre.com)

“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)


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


Upcoming presentations:

2020
To be announced…

Previous presentations:

2014
15-18 May, Brighton Fringe at the Burrow
20-21 May, Camden People’s Theatre, London
August, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2015
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)

2016
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)

2017
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

2018
2-7 & 8-15 August, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Photography by Cristina Todaro