National Theatre of Scotland and the Arches in association with Govanhill Baths Community Trust:


at Govanhill Baths

Fri 5 - Sat 27 Oct 2012 | 7.30pm (& 2.30pm on 20th and 27th) | No Sunday performances | Duration: 1 hour | £12/£9

Arches Artist In Residence Adrian Howells explores our complex and ambiguous relationship with water in this immersive theatrical experience.

Seated on benches around the training pool at Govanhill Baths, with the audience wearing swimsuits, t-shirts and towels, Howells and actor/dancer Ira Mandela Siobhan perform this new scripted piece, part devised from conversations with members of the local community.

Exploring the emotional and psychological effects of water, from its therapeutic qualities to our overwhelming fear of it, Lifeguard re-evaluates the place of swimming in our lives as a health-promoting and life-saving activity.

Working collaboratively with Mike Brookes, Minty Donald, Rob Drummond, Jane Mason, Nick Millar and Nichola Scrutton, Lifeguard offers a multi-sensory experience incorporating projection, sound and movement.

An exhibition entitled Water Water Everywhere will also be on display in the baths for the duration of lifeguard. This installation has been created by primary schools on the south side of Glasgow working with the Learn department of the National Theatre of Scotland.


- This performance takes place at Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder St, Glasgow.
- Audience members should bring a swimsuit (or other appropriate poolside clothes if preferred) to change into prior to the show. We will provide you with a clean t-shirt, large towel and flip-flops to wear throughout the performance.
- Private changing rooms are available and staffed during the performance. Changing facilities are available from 7pm – please arrive in good time to change ready for a 7.30pm start.
- You won’t be able to bring bags, coats, phones or loose valuables into the performance. These should be left with the attendant in the changing room and will be supervised at all times.
- No latecomers will be permitted.
- Lifeguard is suitable for everyone aged 12 and over.
- Due to the nature of the venue access varies. If you have specific access requirements please contact the the Arches on 0141 565 1000.
- If you’re booking on behalf of a friend, please pass on this information.