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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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