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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

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy black box productions, shows that honestly portray those on the autism spectrum, and small but mighty ensembles

Don't see it if you aren't interested in truthful portrayals of those with autism or you want to see a big-budget production

Also Pure theatre magic is happening in Theatre B at 59E59. The entire ense... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if You are interested in the human experience of a mental illness, particularly, autism - both personal perspective and point of view of others

Don't see it if You don’t like unusual story-telling, can’t tolerate loud music or noises, or are looking for light entertainment.

Also The story is very poignant, humane and sweet, with excellent acting an... Read more Read less

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

See it if you like an intense experience

Don't see it if you don't like very emotional shows

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like ensemble created work that explores character and family dynamics related to autism.

Don't see it if You prefer conventional theatre or plays with plot or the clarity of a singular writer's voice.

Also Wonderful example of ensemble created theatre. Great performances from... Read more Read less

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.

Absorbing, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You want to see something different, a tragic but ultimately heartwarming portrayal of autism told with a quirky nonlinear style.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with portrayals of autism or are bothered by flashing lights/loud sounds.

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You appreciate a show which challenges our thinking about autism and offers heartfelt insight in to the emotions and feelings of otherness

Don't see it if You aren’t comfortable with a story about autism and an individual who responds to life with occasional outbursts and unexpected reactions

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 acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if to know a sweet/funny/brave 15 yr. old autistic girl who, although bullied, triumphs! Live music, videos and imaginative narration/staging!

Don't see it if you can't stand rapid-fire speech, loud noises, imaginary friends, and don't have patience for people w/developmental disabilities!!

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Profound

See it if You want drama which has a unique way of presenting a difficult problem such as autism. Emotionally devastating at times.

Don't see it if You cringe at drama about real human problems which does not rap things up nicely at the end.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if You appreciate good story telling, no matter how big or small the venue. And, if you're open to stories with an autistic character .

Don't see it if If you like big, flashy shows, or are sensitive in some way to autistic children being represented on the stage.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if The show was absolutely amazing. Everybody should see it.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be entertained, upset and hopeful by a quartet of enthusiastic and talented young actors.

Don't see it if you are unwilling to experience the inner turmoil and frustrations of someone with autism who is struggling to live her life.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see

See it if want to see a show to see how a family operates with someone who has autism

Don't see it if you need to be able to see the actors at all times. There are several scenes that happen on floor.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in characters with autism, or you just like shows with original staging.

Don't see it if If you really need a conventional plot for your theater experience.

Dizzying, Loud, Thought-provoking

See it if You wanna see something unedited for an American audience

Don't see it if You're hypersensitive to loud noises

Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if A good examination of three people's lives when one person is different from the mainstream.

Don't see it if You like a nice and easy show.

Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you can appreciate wonderful acting about a difficult subject - autism.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding British English.

Also This show, in a small venue, with minimal staging, had great musicians... 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.

Exquisite, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like sensitive and empathetic journey into the world of autism, presented by a talented cast in a simply staged intimate theater spac

Don't see it if You prefer your theater experience to be fluffy. This play will make you cry, laugh and feel deeply. And as Katy puts it - think differently

Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a great cast tell a great story.

Don't see it if you want to see something main stream and traditional.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like serious plays about serious topics, especially if you would like a story dealing with autism

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical or a comedy or something light and frothey

Also This is a play (with live music) about an autistic girl, Katie, and he... Read more Read less

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

Enchanting, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of small-scale shows about the human experience and enjoy creative storytelling.

Don't see it if If you need linear story-telling and find it hard to follow a show that jumps around.

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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