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by Charlotte Jones


Fallen Angel Theatre Company in association with

The Irish Repertory Theatre proudly presents the US premiere of 


January 9 – February 3, 2013 (Extended to February 17)

directed by John Keating

Performed by Aedín Moloney & Rachel Pickup

Airswimming by Charlotte Jones. The US premiere presented by Fallen Angel Theatre, New York, 2011

"Solace in a Sea of Insanity....impressively acted.... “Airswimming,” nicely directed by John Keating, is poignant, intelligent and at times wickedly funny." -


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"...shout it from the rooftops: Airswimming is a small but sparkling gem....
Intimate Airswimming is heartfelt and endearing...John Keating directs the material with great sensitivity" - 

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"..One could not imagine better.." - EPOCH TIMES

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"Is "insanity" a tangible thing, or the category for people who fall inconveniently outside the spectrum of what is socially acceptable? The Fallen Angel Theatre Company thoughtfully examines this question in their intimate production of Charlotte Jones' Airswimming." - THEATERMANIA.COM

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"...a humdinger of a vehicle for the two fine actors — Aedin Moloney and Rachel Pickup — who remain an empowering and constant presence throughout..." -CURTAINUP.COM

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"Jones has written a grim, yet funny, and oft-stunning small play, directed in this staging with great care by John Keating."  - HISTORY NEWS

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"A Story About Everyone....this is the best outing yet from Fallen Angel Theatre Company" - THE IRISH EXAMINER
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"Airswimming is a quirky, moving, funny & provocative play" - THE IRISH ECHO


Set in 1920's England, Charlotte Jones's AIRSWIMMING is based on the true story of two women (Miss Kitson and Miss Baker), who have been incarcerated in a hospital for the "criminally insane" for having borne illegitimate children. Forgotten by their families and not released until the 1970's, Dora and Persephone adopt alter-egos, Dorph and Porph, to enact their fantasies and survive the silence of incarceration.  By turns very funny and moving, Airswimming reminds us of the forgotten women of these generations in both Britain and Ireland.


"The Structure and writing, clear and unsentimental, both trip the light fantastic - effortlessly gliding from the desperately funny to the desperately sad" - Guardian (UK)


Directed by John Keating,


Aedin Moloney and Rachel Pickup, recently seen at The Irish Repertory Theatre in its revival of Brian Friel's DANCING AT LUGHNASA, co-star in AIRSWIMMING, as Dora and Persephone, respectively.

The production features set design by Melissa Shakun; lighting design by Jessica M. Burgess; sound design by Kortney Barber; and choreography by Laura Knight Keating. Production Stage Manager is Lauren McArthur.


Charlotte Jones is best known for her play HUMBLE BOY which debuted in London in 2002, garnering its author the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Critic's Circle Award for Best New Play, and the People's Choice Best New Play Award. HUMBLE BOY premiered Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2003, earning a Drama Desk nomination for Best New Play. Her first play, AIRSWIMMING, premiered in London in 1997. Her other plays include IN FLAME (Critic's Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright); MARTHA, JOSIE & THE CHINESE ELVIS (Manchester Evening News Best Play Award, Pearson Television Best Play Award); THE DARK, and THE LIGHTING PLAY. Jones wrote the book for the West End and Broadway musical THE WOMAN IN WHITE, in collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel.


The Irish Repertory Theatre recently launched its 25th Anniversary Season with Brian Friel's THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY, which resumes performances January 2 through January 20, in the company's Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly.

Co-founded by Producing Director Ciarán O'Reilly and Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre opened its doors in September 1988 with Sean O'Casey's THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS. The mission of the theatre was and remains to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences; to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures. Ms. Moore and Mr. O'Reilly received the 2011 Eugene O'Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc.

British Playwright, Charlotte Jones will have her work Airswimming receive its US premiere by Fallen Angel Theatre in association with The Irish Repertory Theatre, 2013

Playwright Charlotte Jones

John Keating will direct the US premiere of Airswimming by Charlotte Jones for Fallen Angel Theatre in association with the Irish Repertory Theatre, New York 2013

Director John Keating

Aedin Moloney to produce the US premiere of Airswimming by Charlotte Jones, with Fallen Angel Theatre in association with the Irish Repertory Theatre, 2013

Actor Aedín Moloney (Dora/Dorph) Producer

Actress Rachel Pickup to co-star with Aedin Moloney in the US premiere of Airswimming by Charlotte Jones. Presented by Fallen Angel Theatre in association with The irish Repertory Theatre, 2013

Actor Rachel Pickup (Persephone/Porph)



Shirley Herz Associates

165 West 45th Street

New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212-221-8466

Fax: 212-921-8023

Fallen Angel Theatre Company would like to thank the following for their support in making this production possible:


Tom Moran 

Mutual of America


The Hannan Family


The Levin Family


The American Ireland Fund


The Moloney Family


Loretta Brennan Glucksman


Arnaldo Segarra

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