Alice Mary Cooper
Until February 12
The extraordinary story of Elizabeth Moncello, the Australian girl who invented the butterfly stroke and took it to triumph at the 1938 Berlin Olympics, had completely eluded me until I heard it told by Alice Mary Cooper in her beautiful monologue, Waves.
Cooper met Elizabeth last year, in the final months of her long life, in a nursing home in Edinburgh, where they both lived. The 95-year-old lady was still sharp, still swimming, and little by little Alice learned about her, and her incredible life.
Oh, like most great stories, in fact as much as fiction, there’s a twist. This one, uniquely, comes after the show is over, and makes what has gone before even more impressive.
Ask Cooper what it is on your way out.
Link here to the complete review in The West Australian