When The Long Trick’s Over – Livestream

Performed from Mon 14 — Tue 15 Feb

Warehouse Digital

A female swimmer reaches up to the goggles on her forehead as she looks out to sea, getting ready to swim. The sun is rising behind her and she looks both nervous and confident as she looks beyond the camera. The word 'Livestream' is written along the bottom of the image.

PLEASE NOTE: The tickets bookable on this page are for the livestream so you can watch from home.

HighTide and New Wolsey Theatre present

By Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

'I’m doing this for her because this was my sister’s dream. This isn’t my natural habitat. I wouldn’t normally choose this. But she would have.'

Two sisters. One dream. The hardest open-water swim in the world.

This triumphant play from Olivier Award-winning Morgan Lloyd Malcolm moves forwards and backwards in time across the 21 miles between Dover and Calais as a young swimmer harnesses her mind and body to make the Channel crossing.

Mixing grief and joy, 90’s pop-songs, oil tankers and jelly babies, this HighTide and New Wolsey world premiere shows that love persists whatever the distance, and however perilous the journey to the other side.

Created by an all-female, multi-award-winning creative team and cast and led by trailblazing director Chinonyerem Odimba, the swimmer’s story is told through vivid projections and daring aerial work choreographed by Upswing’s Artistic Director Vicki Amedume. It is an entertaining and heartfelt examination of what it means to carry on even if it means swimming against the tide.

Cast & Creatives

Stacey Ghent — Swimmer

Stacey Ghent

Stacey is a hard of hearing actress, born and raised in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. Since living and working as an actress and vocalist in London, she has trained with 'The Actors Class’ and ‘The American Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA) of London’.

Credits include: Television/Screen: Teacher of the Deaf: Coronation Street (ITV); Nurse Morris: Breathless (ITV); Shrink: Season 1 (Auteur Vision); Stages of a Girls’ Night In(BuzzFeed/McVities).

Theatre: Queen Victoria: Sophia (Beverley Andrews/Arcola Theatre); Bette/Miles Hendon/Music Captain: The Prince and the Pauper (Watermill Theatre); Patricia Fodor/Dance Captain: Crazy For You (UK No1 Tour); Alice/Dance Captain: Sweet Charity (Watermill Theatre); Mrs Simpson: Tommy (UK Tour); A Great Night Out (Wild Works).

Vocalist: Hannah Waddingham & Her Band (St. James Theatre); Christmas in New York (Palace Theatre, London); Sondheim Women (St. James Theatre).

Radio/Voice Over: Bartholomew Abominations (BBC Radio 4); Young Writers’ Programme (BBC Sounds & Naked Productions); New Creatives Programmes (BBC Sounds & Naked Productions); Shades of Grey (Spark Radio).


@staceylghent (Instagram and Twitter)

Shenagh Govan — Mum

Shenagh Govan

Shenagh trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School & has worked extensively in theatre, TV, film & radio. Recent TV / Film work incudes Karen Dart in Whitstable Pearl, Caroline in Lethal White,

Rhea Samson in Vera, Prosecution QC in Lynn + Lucy. Further credits include Madame Rastoil in The Musketeers for BBC, Postmistress in The Man Who Knew Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, Aunt Gritty in The Mill on the Floss with Emily Watson, Sally Masey in Peter Kosminsky’s Innocents with Tim Pigott Smith, Bookish Woman in Stuart A Life Backwards with Benedict Cumberbatch & Tom Hardy.

Shenagh’s recent theatre credits include Nella in One Under, National Tour and Arcola Theatre for Graeae Theatre Company, Marian in Legacy at Rich Mix Theatre, Theresa in I Am Of Ireland at The Old Red Lion & national tour of her one woman show War Crimes for The Home.

Further TV credits include 8 years as Joy, S.O.C.O in The Bill, and episodes of Murder in Mind, Sea of Souls, Holby City, Doctors, Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Without Motive, Eastenders, Taking Liberties, Dear Dilemma & Inside Victor Lewis Smith.

Reviews of When The Long Trick’s Over – Livestream

What the public say

Open water swimming. Fear, boredom, grief, nostalgia, hallucinations maybe. Seawater, objects and animals. Required concentration but original, emotive and thought provoking.


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