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Out of Water

Caroline Wright & Helen Paris

Photo by Tony Millings

The singers are out of breath
The swimmers are out of their depth

Singers and swimmers strike out towards the water’s edge, spanning the wide expanse of beach. They each look towards the sea, eyes intent, focused on the horizon, searching for something. Is somebody lost at sea?

Stories of endeavour are interwoven with haunting music, lifeguard drills, calls for help and struggles for breath. Out of Water takes you on a poetic journey from the land to the water’s edge.

Created by Helen Paris and Caroline Wright, Out of Water features a newly commissioned sound-score by acclaimed composer Jocelyn Pook and features a live performance from soprano Laura Wright.

Out of Water is a Live Art Collective East project for the London 2012 Festival supported by Arts Council England, PRS For Music Foundation’s Women Make Music Scheme and Norfolk County Council.

Out of Water debuted on Holkham Beach on 25, 26, 27 August, 2012. The performance featured Helen Paris, Caroline Wright, Laura Wright, Oo La Lume and 25 local participants from North Norfolk. In August 2014 the piece will be restaged for Portobello Beach in Edinburgh, as part of the Summerhall and Escalator East to Edinburgh programmes.

Explore the Flickr gallery for Out of Water at Holkham Beach

For more information on this project download the touring pack or contact Róise Goan at

Created by Caroline Wright & Helen Paris
Sound-score by Jocelyn Pook
Live performance by soprano Laura Wright

Date Title Venue City
8–10 August 2014 Out of Water | Caroline Wright & Helen Paris Portobello Beach, Edinburgh Fringe Festival Edinburgh
29 June 2013 Out of Water Fort Funston Beach San Francisco
25–27 August 2012 Helen Paris & Caroline Wright: Out of Water Holkham Beach Norfolk
Photo by Tony Millings