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We Live by the Sea

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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

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Touching, Relevant

See it if Poignant story with slow reveals. Brain's extraordinary performance is not to be missed. Simple but fun and creative staging.

Don't see it if Issues of autism are not for you. Some of the cast is subpar.

Also What makes this production so exceptional and unique (other than Brain... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are interested in seeing a show about the challenges surrounding autism. The lead actress is great!

Don't see it if You dislike small intimate shows with simple staging.

Relevant, Enchanting, Moving, Great acting, Imaginative

See it if Beautiful touching play that immerses you in the private world of an autistic girl and her family. A new friend brings hope and healing.

Don't see it if You would have a hard time with many autistic tantrums. You don’t enjoy plays that focus on character development and relationships.

Touching, Empathetic, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you seek a stirring, authentic, unconventional family drama by an inventive theater co, about truth, acceptance, compassion & responsibility

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to be moved, shaken, inspired & captivated by the story of an autistic girl & the support of family & friends around her

Ambitious, Clever, Sweet, Heart-rending, Great acting

See it if For a portrait of autism through eyes of someone with autism, for good but troubled people connecting, enjoy live musical accompaniment

Don't see it if You're easily confused by imaginary characters, disturbed by autism depictions on stage & loud live music, or emotional manipulation

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Touching

See it if Story tell about Katy growing and dealing with her life.

Don't see it if It may be hard to see if you have a love one how may look different or act different in the eyes of the world.

Also This play touchs hearts for anyone wants to fit in and no one want to ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you wish to see an intense drama about an autistic girl. Excellent acting. You feel like you can see into her mind.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by the subject of autism.

Also There were two substitutes in the cast when I saw it and one was Katy.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if I was captivated from start to finish; the acting is wonderful; Brain's acting is brilliant, touching and realistic. Bring tissues.

Don't see it if you are looking for escapist entertainment. This is a play that has something to say and it is said with heart, soul and love.

Difficult subject done very very well.

See it if You appreciate good provocative theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t like theatre that deals with difficult human stories.

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a superb ensemble in a play about a teenage girl with autism and its effect on those around her.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and are uncomfortable with outbursts of powerful emotions and loud noises. The lead actress is amazing.

Also Sitting on the center aisle in the second row was too close for comfor... Read more Read less

Great acting, Informative, Interesting

See it if Puts you in the POV of autistic teen, sister carrtaker, and new friend and the challenges each of them face.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested the subject of autism.

Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you like well acted plays that make you really think what it would be like to have a disability or to be responsible for a disabled person

Don't see it if you want lightness and froth.This play is fun, entertaining & joyful.But it is also painful, sad & profound.I loved this play.Please see it.

Touching, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a positive portrayal of an autistic girl and family and friends who love and shelter her, with live onstage music.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental minimalist character-driven drama.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy shows about the human experience and like to see the world from others' perspectives, you liked Curious Incident

Don't see it if you don't like smaller festival shows or have no interest in understanding how an autistic person may experience the world and friendship

Touching, Intense, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if interested in the story of an autistic 15 year old girl, her idiosyncrasies, problems & coping mechanisms & the effects on others.

Don't see it if you didn't care for Curious Incident.. Similar subject matter, different treatment.

Also I did not see this under the best of circumstances. The lead actress w... Read more Read less

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

See it if intimate play about an autistic girl, her imaginary dog, & sister & the new friend who sees the truthfulness in her rather than the autism

Don't see it if you don't like minimalist staging, cannot handle loud outbursts or if you have no empathy

Also Ms. Brain's performance as the autistic Katy was amazing from her happ... Read more Read less

Admirable attempt, Overwrought, Relevant

See it if A story of a teen & her sister filled with the endless private & public agonies of living & dealing with autism just doesn't go anywhere.

Don't see it if Maybe that's the point but mannerisms, even well acted, don't make a plot. Some dialogue unintelligible. Valid intentions, little substance.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a lovely ensemble cast, and an interesting topic. Director gives the audience the sense of being overwhelmed as the lead is.

Don't see it if You want a very linear script. The script is disjointed and rambles a bit, but pulls together at the end. A heartfelt show.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a well-crafted story of what it's like to be on the autism spectrum. If you liked Curious Incident of the Dog in Nightime.

Don't see it if haze, flashing lights, or loud sounds trouble you - this stark portrayal can be unsettling to those easily affected.

Also What an amazing performance by the lead (not the person in the program... Read more Read less

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

See it if You are curious to see the world through a 15 year old girl on the autism spectrum. This is a heartwarming show of struggles and triumphs.

Don't see it if You prefer conventional story telling and aren’t interested in exploring the daily difficulties of watching a loved one with a disability.

Absorbing, Delightful, Intense, Profound, Resonant

See it if This will appeal to anyone who likes shows that deal with the difficult and uncomfortable traumas in life.

Don't see it if You want to see something that's 100% feel good.

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Funny, Riveting

See it if You want to see Tony-caliber acting from a brilliant ensemble, painting a realistic portrait of life with autism. Funny and heart wrenching.

Don't see it if There is no reason to not see this masterful show. I can’t say enough about this remarkable play. Better than most shows on Broadway.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disjointed, Evocative, Confusing

See it if Good performances, especially lead actress Alexandra Brain. You feel what life is like for someone with autism and her family.

Don't see it if Story was a bit disjointed--sometimes directly addressing the audience, sometimes not. British accents hard to understand at times.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a show that will push your awareness of other peoples' experiences. You enjoy indie/folk music.

Don't see it if You only prefer more traditional narrative plays. It's not entirely non-linear but it is a little non-traditional.

Also Art is never created nor viewed in a vacuum. This a great example of a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Must see, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking for a really intimate play that will make you question the way you think about and treat others.

Don't see it if you don't want to cry in the theatre, it gets really emotional! Or, if you are looking for a big production, it is a very small scaled show.

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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