Indoors Too Much + Conor A: Learning to Swim on an Ironing Board

Date:Fri 26 Apr
Price:£6 (FREE to I’m Here Where Are You? festival passholders)

“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.

Part of I'm Here Where Are You? Festival 2019

This event is FREE to I’m Here Where Are You? festival passholders.

  • BSL interpreted
  • Captioned

‘Messy, but charmingly so.’ The Guardian

Recommended age 14+

Running time 60 mins

This show contains flashing lights

This show contains occasional swearing and sexual references

All prices shown include a booking fee




Part of I'm Here Where Are You? Festival 2019

This event is FREE to I’m Here Where Are You? festival passholders 

Festival Pass for all Saturday ticketed events (J1, J2 and J3), installations and BBC podcast recordings - £12.50 / £8 concs (inc booking fees)

The BBC Ouch Podcast recording is free to attend but you need to book your ticket in advance (If you have already purchased a festival pass you will not need to book an additional ticket to attend but you will need to sign up to reserve your entry. Details of how to do this will be published soon)

All Foyer & Leisure Park events listed are free of charge / drop-in and happen thoughout the day.

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