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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, Great writing, Profound, Riveting, Resonant

See it if If you are open to a deeply moving theater experience.

Don't see it if You prefer conventional or light entertainment shows

Also Offers an insight into the potential for every person to experience jo... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious, Cliched, Ok

See it if you dig devised theater that is a little ramshackle.

Don't see it if you want a really nuanced play.

Also There is clearly talent on stage. Solid acting, some beautiful project... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

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!

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like different stories about human experiences

Don't see it if you want something light and easy

Must see, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Profound

See it if If you like wonderful acting scenes and a mix of drama and funny moments.

Don't see it if you don't like great acting!

Great writing, Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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

Also This was such a great show and I saw it in previews and was blown away... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Exquisite, Must see, Great acting

See it if There aren't enough words to describe the quality of this show. The acting and storyline were superb. This is a must-see.

Don't see it if N/A

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

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.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great musical accompaniment

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.

Quirky, Must see, Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing

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

Also This production was mind-bogglingly phenomenal. All of the actors, but... Read more Read less

Riveting, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting, Entertaining

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.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Must see, Intense

See it if You want great theater, good story-telling, acting, music and a heart-warming evening

Don't see it if You don’t like top notch British theater

Also Overcome with the beauty and warmth of this play. The New York Times r... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Relevant

See it if charming, witty, and poignant! A timely story that is warm and refreshing. Bring tissues!!

Don't see it if there's no reason why you wound't want to see this

Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You're looking for a beautiful evening

Don't see it if You're after a fluffy musical

During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Conventional

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.

Also This is a strong production about a pressing issue. It deals particula... Read more Read less

During previews
Sentimental, Heartfelt, Great acting, Cliched, Well-edited

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

Also *Katy is 15 but has intellectual disabilities in addition to autism th... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if For anyone interested in developmental issues such as autism. Beautifully acted.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are sensitive to those who are autistic and a look at the consequences.

During previews
Katy, i want to be one of your top five!

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"

Also no loud noises, no touching, no crowds, but there are many other thing... Read more Read less

During previews
Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Moving, Great staging

See it if You want to see a beautifully written, well acted, slice of life piece dealing with autism.

Don't see it if You’re not in the mood for a small scale, very British work.

Also There’s a lot of to admire in this show. Each character felt genuine. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Riveting, Refreshing

See it if You appreciate organically developed drama about autism, performed by the creators

Don't see it if You are tired of plays on this theme, or prefer more conventionally structured theatre.

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Refreshing

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.

During previews
Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if If you can put up with acting and writing that treats autism as hypersensitive histrionics.

Don't see it if You have something better to do.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

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.

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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