I got up at 5:17am this morning to get ready and eat before going to Summerhall to catch a 6am bus to see the 6:30 sunrise showing of Out of Water on Portobello beach.
Out of Water was really beautiful. My mum loves the sea so I kept thinking how much she would have loved this (and not loved the time of morning it was on at). We were all given headsets that played a soundtrack of classical music, poetry and song about beaches, swimming, drowning and feeling out of your depth. Watching the 20 or so performers felt like how yoga must feel if you get it right every time and don’t fall over. It ended with this gorgeous segment that gave me shivers (not because I was cold but Laura was probably right in thinking I should have brought a 4th layer) where 9 or 11 of the performers walked out in to the sea. As we were being led away, they were still walking, they were up to their necks and I was worried that the show ended with some sort of beautiful mass suicide. Don’t worry, they all left the sea safely.
It’s only being performed 5 times more, once tonight at 6:30pm and then two shows at the same times (6:30am/6:30pm) over the next two days but Out of Water is definitely worth a watch.
Oddly enough, the highlight for me was being interviewed by Anneka Rice for BBC Radio 2 so I might be on the radio! I’ll keep an ear out and let you know if I make the cut!
Lots of love,