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'd like to have your empathy-capacity expanded while learning credibly and entertainingly what life on the spectrum can be...
Don't see it if you don't like semi-immersive plays dealing with relevant but sometimes uncomfortable subjects...also it's a bit noisy at the beginning.
See it if You're interested in exploring the issue of autism in a creative and extremely empathetic prism.
Don't see it if You are Uncomfortable with someone who is obviously having a difficult time, you are initially put off you and end up totally cheering.
See it if you want to be enraptured by the characters and the acting; you could not tell if the lead was on the spectrum in reality or not!
Don't see it if You have no tolerance for persons with disabilities or heartwarming themes.
Also I cried; was so emotionally connected!
See it if You want to see a play that is uplifting, funny and emotional. Especially if you liked Curious Incident but wanted something more
Don't see it if If you do not want to see a glimpse into a life of someone with autism
See it if you want a story that will bring you into a, generally, unknown world. Devotion, love, family ties and a perspective changing conclusion.
Don't see it if You want to see DC Comic themes and explosions.
See it if you like powerful stories about amazing characters overcoming difficult situations, and appreciate clever visual & sound design.
Don't see it if you just want a laugh or have difficulty watching portrayals of people dealing with autism.
See it if You want to see an amazing portrayal of an autistic girl, the people in her life, and her world as perceived by both herself & others
Don't see it if You have difficulty parsing rapid Northern-England-accented dialogue, or have difficulty dealing w/ graphic portrayal of the world of autism
See it if The central character, Katy, is autistic. The play brings you inside her life and her mind in a way I’ve never experienced.
Don't see it if It’s not a light comedy. It’s no tragedy, either, but expect to be drawn into the characters’ lives.
See it if you’re interested in how autism affects both the person living with autism & the people who love them, or in what it means to be human.
Don't see it if confronting the difficult details of living with autism will spook you.
See it if you don’t know anyone w/ special needs, are bringing your bully kids to teach them empathy (program recommends 12 yrs+)
Don't see it if you avoid plays about lonely, needy children*; want a fuller discussion on how society can accommodate disability/difference
See it if Two sisters experience the magic and kindness of a new friend; A touching performance of the thoughts/feelings of a 15 yr old autistic girl.
Don't see it if you aren't sensitive and compassionate to understanding there is a "different kind of thinking"
See it if poignant and earnest exploration of the internal life of an autistic teenage girl. Beautiful original music with live music. A+
Don't see it if you are bothered by loud noises or flashing lights. Ironically, could limit accessibility for neuro-atypical folks.
See it if You want to see great acting and a moving, oft-emotional portrayal of an autistic girl as a three dimensional being.
Don't see it if You want a lively musical and don't want to see a relevant and empathic portrayal of an autistic young person.