How to Drown a Fish

Dates and Times

Fri 20 Nov to Sat 21 Nov 2015 at 7.30pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10

Book Tickets

Catch How To Drown A Fish in a double bill with Free To Stay on Fri 20 and Sat 21 at 9pm. Two tickets for £16.


Presented by Grace Gibson

Offstage a cassette is taken out of its box and put into the player. The music crackles and she bounds on to stage. She notices the woman who resembles a Bichon Frisé and the sign above the audience telling her to smile. With hairspray in her saliva, she dances on an uneven herringboned floor. The air is wet, her hair drips. She is drowning in a moment.

Inspired by a moment of failure, How to Drown a Fish is a devised solo performance that dissects the point when it all goes wrong. Unpacking personal experiences involving children’s dance competitions, public embarrassment and mistakes, this piece examines the relationship between the one who fell and those who watched her fall.

Developed as part of CPT’s Starting Blocks 2014 scheme.

Produced by Abby Butcher. Supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Camden People’s Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Creative Arts East and somewhereto_

About the artist 

Grace Gibson is a theatre-maker and director whose work curiously dissects the things in life that often seem mundane or uninteresting, aiming to provoke audiences to consider the beauty of them. She has an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she is now a visiting lecturer. She has been commissioned and supported by Camden People’s Theatre and The Campsite as well as collaborating with Nick Wood for the International Federation of Theatre Research.

She placed 4th in the All England dance finals in Character Dance aged 11.

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