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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
Avg Score

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.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if You are interested in exploring the pain and complexity of living with autism and how it affects the family dynamic

Don't see it if You want something light and easy. This is serious stuff

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Intense

See it if you are interested in an intimate drama about an autistic teenager

Don't see it if the subject of autism does not interest you, or you have difficulty accepting the different and unpredictable behavior of those with autism.

Also This is a well-done, informative look into some of the struggles of a ... Read more Read less

Profoundly moving, Amazing performance

See it if You are sensitive to the human condition. You appreciate the art of less is more. You want to see an autistic actor that is a revelation.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about an autistic girl. You want a structured drama with a formulaic plot,scenery and a proscenium stage.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Riveting

See it if Superbly acted sensitive drama for anyone who loves good theatre.

Don't see it if You are looking for a frothy mindless evening.

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

See it if you’d like to see a remarkably engaging play with raw emotions and powerful lessons to be learned especially of autistic struggles.

Don't see it if you’re sensitive to stories that deal with disabilities or if you don’t want see a play that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Also This was a difficult play to watch as the tears started flowing from s... Read more Read less

Great acting, Confusing

See it if You want to see quality actors handling the topic well.

Don't see it if You don't want a play that's structure can be confusing.

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

See it if for small jewel of intimate theater w/ outstanding performance by Brain. Laugh, Cry, learn-play not "preachy" or "soppy" Outstanding

Don't see it if don't like intense off-the -beaten track plays based on life of person w/ disabilities. Expect an evening of light hearted fun.

Also plat hits many w/ tough subject from a refreshing pers... Read more Read less

Touching, Uncomfortable, Nice supporting musicians, Bittersweet, Inventive set

See it if you like small-scale, moving shows dealing with mental illness, loss and love. The cast, set and supporting musicians-it all falls together.

Don't see it if you need something big and shiny. If you don’t like bittersweet stories and prefer straightforward comedies.

Relevant, Touching, Heartfelt

See it if you want to know more about autism and its affect on family.

Don't see it if you are a bully or think it is ok to call people with special needs names. Though, maybe after you see it, you will become compassionate.

Also See this show if you are a caring person who can relate to those who a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if Top notch acting, great live music from 90s, seaside visuals, Some scenes were very raw & intense but makes the all reason of a great play

Don't see it if You do not like simple decor, small cast. Other then that I cannot find any reason not to see it.

Also The writer seems to put a lot of efforts to express an autistic person... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you are open to thinking differently about the unique/mysterious life of autistic persons. Presents a more accepting way of understanding.

Don't see it if you don't like playful visual storytelling and creative simple staging.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if Realistic portrayal of autism is revealed in a story that brought me joy and touched my heart. The entire ensemble delivered extraordinary

Don't see it if If you are not able “to see the world through different eyes.”

Also performances that brought new meanings to social interactions.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see

See it if You like emotionally honest theater; the final scene was as good as anything I've ever seen on stage. Brutal and true and sort of amazing.

Don't see it if You work with autistic people professionally and are going to the theater as a break.

Indulgent, Slow, Excruciating, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if potentially interesting subject that provokes analysis. go for broke performance from main actor

Don't see it if Play seemed formless and shrill.

Ambitious, Creative, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in theater featuring autistic individuals and their family members, and if you like creativity and live soundtracks.

Don't see it if you suspect you'd be frustrated by a narrative where a stranger ("fixes" is too strong a word...) makes things better for the female leads.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You want to waste your time and money

Don't see it if As a former social worker spending years working with persons like Katy, I found the play ambitious but much too long and painful. Would hav

Also Left but no intermission. Better if Katy gained independence in a comm... Read more Read less

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

See it if You want to see a great show that in 90 minutes shows you how to accept someone that may be different than you.

Don't see it if You don't likes themes centering around autism You want a big, splashy production

Also Powerful show that also teaches you to forgive yourself and shows you ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Resonant, Refreshing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want a beautifully crafted, wonderfully acted, exploration of life with Autism. A simple but profound story. Beautiful.

Don't see it if you have no interest in exploring art about Mental health, but this is so beautifully done, I honestly think everyone should see this

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if You appreciate representation of autism on stage. You enjoy detailed storytelling & devised work. Lovely use of music and technical elements

Don't see it if You prefer that this representation is authentic and more visibly inclusive of autism-spectrum performers and creators.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if You want to experience something difference. I think the play was very well done overall especially the visuals, characters and music.

Don't see it if You want something light and expect a traditionally structured play.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Masterful

See it if a wonderfully-acted story told in a unique and beautiful way appeals.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding British accents or when there is overlapping speech/sounds. I missed some parts but very glad i went.

Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want an interesting, touching story where you learn how an autistic teen experiences life.

Don't see it if You want a fluffy, light 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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