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Nothing Great Is Easy: The Story of the First Channel Swimmer

12 August 2023 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Nothing Great is Easy at Jesus Green Lido - June 10

In 1875, a former sailor set out from Dover pier on a quest no-one thought possible. Twenty-two hours later, he had swum his way to fame.

In a special outdoor performance to mark Jesus Green Lido’s centenary year, this one man show brings to life the extraordinary true story of Captain Matthew Webb, the first person to swim the English Channel. Follow his rivalries with fellow swimmers, the glorious triumph of his pioneering Channel swim, his increasingly futile attempts to capitalise on the resulting fame, and finally his tragic demise in a swimming stunt gone wrong. An inspiring story of athletic endeavour, and an early cautionary tale of the perils of fame.

“A dramatic tour de force … as if Captain Webb himself had been brought back to life.”
Cambridge News

Running time: 1 hour
Suitable for: Adults and young people 12+ yrs
Food and drink: Hot drinks, soft drinks and snacks will be available to buy from the poolside cafe before the performance.
Writer and performer: Chris Hudson.
Director: Rosina Piovani.
Producer: Antony Quinn.

Book tickets on Eventbrite. £12 (£8 concessions).


12 August 2023
19:30 - 20:30