Sink or Swim with Spike

Published: 13 January 2013
Reporter: David Upton

Spike Theatre's Sink or Swim Credit: John Garfield-Robert

Award-winning Liverpool theatre company Spike Theatre takes to the high seas for its new world première tour production Sink or Swim.

Directed by Spike’s artistic director Mark Smith, the devised play will be scripted by Robert Farquhar while Spymonkey’s Toby Park will co-direct and compose music for the piece.

Sink or Swim opens at the Liverpool Playhouse Studio from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 February prior to a national tour.

Taking inspiration from tales of the 18th century ‘bedlam ships’ the company will tour to venues in both the North West and South East of England on the show’s maiden voyage with support from new venue partners Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and The Lowry.

Sink or Swim is a tale of three men’s maddening struggles at sea. En-route to America the hapless victims find themselves running for the lifeboats when they come under attack and their ship—The Sea Venture—is sunk. As dawn breaks, and with only a single oar, they find themselves alone and going around in circles.