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We Live by the Sea

From 18 critic and 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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, 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

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

Resonant, Absorbing, The mostly curious incident of the dog at the seashore

See it if You want to immerse yourself in the world of an autistic adult and those around her.

Don't see it if You find story telling less than riveting.

Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are open minded about autism and how they see life

Don't see it if You think that seeing someone playing an autistic girl will affect you emotionally or It’s too personal to you

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.

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

Intense, Kind, Great acting

See it if You like to see the world from a prospective of an autistic girl.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with loud and fast-paced speech.

Also This show gives you a chance to imagine what it means to be different ... 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.

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

Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in families dealing with mental illness or disabilities; you like shows with a single tour de force performance.

Don't see it if you prefer a show with a balanced ensemble of performances; you are a proponent of casting actors with disabilities.

Also Beautifully staged show with terrific music, sound effects, and visual... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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