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We Live by the Sea

From 142 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

About the show

Patch of Blue's devised production explores the life of an autistic girl as she connects with a boy who changes her world forever. A hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Part of 59E59's Brit's Off Broadway series. More…

'We Live By the Sea' tells the story of Katy, who lives on the coast with her sister Hannah and her imaginary dog, Paul Williams. Ostracized by the children at her school because of her differences, Katy is lonely and longs for someone to talk to. When she meets Ryan, a teenager from the city running away from his own problems, she recognizes something of herself in him, and starts to learn what it is to be a friend. The production features playful visual storytelling and a live electronic score.

Member Reviews (142)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

Edgy, Dizzying, Intense, Great acting, Disquieting

See it if You enjoy shows that deal with the problems created when characters have severe personality issues, in this case, autism.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with loud frequent outbursts, and watching characters struggle to communicate with one another.

Fine acting, Relevant, Excruciating, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like shows with excellent, performances and are about autistics-- the difficulties and joys of their interactions with others.

Don't see it if you dislike being immersed in an exasperating environment with a very active, intense and unrestrained autistic teenager for 90 minutes.

Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a play about the struggles of the autistic and the people around her.

Don't see it if you expect to see anything new about autism.

Also We got the idea that the main character is autistic. Watching 90 minut... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you like small plays with good intentions but not a lot of new things to tell.

Don't see it if you prefer risky, thought-provoking plays, or if you do not feel like hearing a woman screaming for 90 minutes.

Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious, Cliched, Ok

See it if you dig devised theater that is a little ramshackle.

Don't see it if you want a really nuanced play.

Also There is clearly talent on stage. Solid acting, some beautiful project... Read more Read less

April 18th, 2018
"Creates an expansive world out of seemingly little...Brain's warmly empathetic performance never feels 'acty'...The other cast members are just as good in relatively more straightforward roles...Tight, imaginative staging...Throughout, the company maintains a sure sense of tone, playful and grav...
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April 18th, 2018
"'We Live By the Sea' works best as a loving and empathetic portrait of a neurodivergent teen. Director Howarth's 15 years of experience as a drama therapist for people on the spectrum imbues the play with authenticity. The narrative, however, is less believable...The play flags whenever it shift...
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April 19th, 2018
"It is an insightful portrayal of a teenager on the autism spectrum that shouldn't be missed. This is a show that both entertains and informs...The troupe of actors brings this well-crafted show to life with true authenticity...'We Live By The Sea' is a heartfelt show that will raise people's awa...
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April 19th, 2018
"This isn't a tidy play, but it's a bracing one...In its best passages, 'We Live by the Sea' makes clear Hannah's deep devotion to Katy, as well as its terrible cost...'We Live by the Sea' is a company-created work, which may explain why it feels underwritten...Katy is a fiercely imagined charact...
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