Learning to Swim on an Ironing Board

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Friday 30th April at 7.30pm

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Presented by Conor A

Now “live and online”, Learning to Swim on an Ironing Board has come full circle.

After starting with living room performances in Conor’s home and then a theatre tour in 2019 the show is now back in Conor’s living room and being live-streamed, via Zoom, straight to your home.

“Between not getting better and getting better at not getting better stories are needed. Stories wider than their margins and less lemon than real-life are needed.”

Especially when real life is being indoors too much with fibromyalgia, an illness with too many syllables to be anything other than shit and possibly contagious. Stories are really needed because as a narrative device fibromyalgia is pants. Yes, there’s lots of dramatic pain and ennui-inducing fatigue, but there’s no real back story, no concrete arc and no triumphant conclusion.

And, anyway, disabled spoken word artist Conor A wanted to tell a different story. Learning To Swim On An Ironing Board is the story of getting better at not getting better, therapeutic eavesdropping (not a widely used therapeutic tool, but what you can expect when your therapist’s business card says Terry the Therapist), and how eavesdropping helped him change how he relates to the world.

‘Messy, but charmingly so.’ – The Guardian

Supported by Arts Council England and Graeae.

The performance will be streamed on Zoom. You will be sent a link to access the performance, and instructions on how to use Zoom, no later than 60 minutes before the performance begins.


“[Conor A] does his best to give it a shape and a few punchlines, finding humour and hope in the changes that fibromyalgia has brought to his life… It’s messy, but charmingly so.” – The Guardian

“A fantastically entertaining hour; educational, funny, serious, and always with warmth and light. Conor A has a talent for comedy and a flair for performance that I would love to see again.” – Reviewer Number 9

“Conor A. makes his show instantly welcoming and intimate, physically greeting people as they enter the theatre… Delivers plenty of laughs alongside a genuine, honest insight into living with an invisible disability… A funny, delightful show that teaches you to look at the world a little differently.” – The Play’s the Thing

“A delightful evening – welcoming, thought-provoking, rib-tickling and rousingly honest… Whilst we’re encouraged to put laughter over empathy, I can’t help loving Mr A and Terry just a little bit. I’m hoping that’s OK.” – Emma Hopley Reviews


The recommended viewing age is 14+

This performance contains themes of depression.


The company does not feel the performance contains any health warnings.

If you have any other questions or enquiries that are not covered here please do get in touch by emailing Emma, our General Manager at [email protected]

About the artist

Conor A is a theatre maker, disabled artist and workshop facilitator based in Manchester, UK. He is currently has an Online tour of his first solo show, Learning to Swim on an Ironing Board. He has performed at, ran and hosted spoken word and cabaret events across the UK.

indoorstoomuch.com | Twitter: @conor_aylward| Instagram: @indoors_too_much | #LearningtoSwim

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