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Event: Sink or Swim at Gateway Theatre

Gateway Theatre brings Beverly Elliot’s latest one-woman-show to the studio theatre!

Beverley Elliott is best known by her fans around the world for her recurring role as ‘Granny’ on the hit ABC television series, Once Upon A Time.  Many performers would be content with such a high level of accomplishment, but Beverley has never been one to let the grass grow under her feet.  Her previous original production …didn’t see that coming was the Pick of the Fringe in 2014 and enjoyed a very successful run at the Gateway Studio in 2015.  Like …didn’t see that coming, Sink or Swim is presented cabaret style and showcases new songs and stories from the talented Ms. Elliott.  A prequel of sorts to …didn’t see that coming, Sink or Swim introduces the audience to five-year-old ‘Smelly Elliott’ and over the course of the show all of her fears and foibles are revealed in a series of hilarious songs and poignant anecdotes.

Described as ‘Little House on the Prairie meets Lord of the Flies,’ Beverley’s new production charts Smelly Elliott’s journey from the safety of her family’s farm to the chaos of an unruly one-room school house where she has to learn how to contend with the knuckle dragging thugs that are her fellow students.  Through a series of songs and stories that are both playful and achingly familiar, Sink or Swim navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies that shape us all on our journey to adulthood.  

For the Gateway production of Sink or Swim, Elliott will be joined on stage by her old friend and frequent collaborator, renowned musician and composer, Bill Costin on piano.  Brought on board as musical director, Costin and Elliott penned “Green Grass’ and ‘Busy,’ two of the production’s five original songs together.  

Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, Sink or Swim tackles age old questions such as ‘Why did I eat the fish food?’ Don’t hesitate to purchase tickets. With such talented performers and a proven track record, Sink or Swim will surely be remembered as one of the highlights of Gateway’s 2017 season!

Sink or Swim runs Nov 16 – 25. For tickets and more information, click here.