Four thousand people have climbed Everest. Over a thousand have swum the channel.
Twelve have walked on the moon. I'll be the first person to do this.

Hitting the Wall

by Matthew Warburton
based on the records of Wayne Soutter and Paul Greenhalgh

This is a true story. In 2012, Wayne Soutter, a middle-aged father of two,attempted to swim the as-yet unconquered sea-channel between the Mull-of-Kintyre and Ireland. Cold seas. Strong winds. Treacherous tides and 50-foot jellyfish. What could possibly go right? Hitting the Wall is a theatrical recreation of that extraordinary endeavour.

The route has been described as the most dangerous endurance swim in British waters, and had never been successfully completed. Wayne, previously one of the slowest people to swim the English channel, decided he would be the first person to conquer it.

Based on blogs and interviews with Wayne and Paul (the boat captain on the attempt), Hitting the Wall asks why we choose to do things that might better be left undone. It explores what drives people on. What motivated Wayne, and Paul, his best friend, who watched from the boat during the attempt? Who suffered most?

Heart of Oak have been producing original theatre for children and adults in the Midlands since 2009. Plays have been seen in schools, villages halls, literary festivals and marquees. Hitting the Wall was written for an Open Door Night at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

Audience reaction to Heart of Oak's shows: Brilliant… compelling… Superb!
Loved it!…Fantastic… a splendid evening… transfixed… we really felt we were there with him… excellent theatre.

Performance times

Underground Venues, Buxton Fringe
8th, 10th July, 5.45pm
20th July 5.30pm
Tickets £8, £7.
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