Yorkshire Life Aquatic is Lucy Meredith and Zoe Parker, who first joined forces in 2013 after discovering a mutual love of synchronised swimming and mermaids as well as a concern for the state of the oceans and their inhabitants.
We use art and performance to promote positive body image, health and well-being to the public. We also use ‘art-ivism’ to highlight environmental issues focusing on the oceans and aquatic mammals. Our performances are unique and we pride ourselves in making work that is distinctive and brave as well as entertaining.We have a dry land synchronised swimming dance show, a water based team ( Bramley Mermaids) and run numerous workshops on land and in water with real mermaids! Our latest project is The Human Aquarium. You can find out more here.
Described by audiences as uplifting, and quirky, Yorkshire Life Aquatic’s work has wide appeal and is suitable for all ages. We specialise in immersive, interactive experiences that bring you closer to the ‘world of the sea’…
Use our site to find out about our latest shows, get in touch to book a performance, join a class, set up a project with us or even book a mermaid!
Photographs by Lizzie Coombes.
I am a professional actor with over 15 years experience working across theatre, film and TV. Since graduating from Bretton Hall with BA (Hons) in Drama, I have performed at venues such as York Theatre Royal and West Yorkshire Playhouse and can currently be seen in Sci-fi series Chronicles of Syntax. I have written, acted and directed for arts events such Development Lab, Light Night and Emerge festival as a solo performer and though collaborations with other artists. I used to be a competitive synchronised swimmer for over six years and part of the Sussex County championship team. I wanted to combine my love for synchronised swimming and performance, and this was a catalyst for YLA.
As a producer, choreographer, and performer, I set up Yorkshire Life Aquatic with Lucy in 2013 because I loved the idea of water and dance together. What better than to team up with a synchronised swimmer? As well as YLA, I collaborate on Tea and Tolerance ( facilitating and conceiving participatory live art conversations), Institute for Crazy Dancing ( including a new participatory performance called ‘Fragile’) and choreograph on a range of projects including Irregular arts and IMove Arts. Originally, I trained as a dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating back in 1993.
We finally made it to a tank! after searching for a location since 2019 for the next stage of the Human Aquarium we finally got to do a shoot in TankSpace in Nottingham, with support from Arts Council England.We are currently be lucky enough to be working with film...
We are back! Our first live festival performance of the year! Here's what FEVA have to say:Yorkshire Life Aquatic - Dry Land Synchronised SwimmingYou've heard of swimming in the Nidd, but now we're swimming in the Market Place!Creators Lucy Meredith and Zoe Parker,...
We performed our 'Million Dollar Mermaids' Dry land show in Knaresborough at Feva Festival this weekend, It has been 2 years since have been able to perform it due to covid so it was really exciting to be back performing live! Thanks to everyone who came along to...