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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.



90
For a previous production
Brilliant, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy shows that make you feel on a deeply emotional level without being manipulative. An honest look at life.

Don't see it if You can't relate to other people's lives and points of view and see that we all occupy the same space.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound

See it if you are interested in trying to understand the perspective and thought processes of a person with autism. Takes concentration to follow.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by a realistic portrayal of an autistic person. I had to ask the cast if she really was autistic her acting was that good

Also this play takes a bit of concentration to get into and follow; you are... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Enchanting, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy beautiful storytelling, plays that feature innovative set design, and quality acting.

Don't see it if you prefer large-scale productions, or if you get overwhelmed by occasional flashing lights/loud noises.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Engaging, Unconventional, Topical

See it if you want to experience unconventional slice of life approach to dealing with autism. This narrative approach may be confusing to some viewer

Don't see it if you are expecting conventional play or musical. The music is enchanting and haunting. Be prepared for actress to tap your shoes when enter.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want insight into young adult with autism and the people in her life. Exquisitely acted. Engaging and transforming.

Don't see it if If a realistic portrayal of autism is not for you.

90
For a previous production
Resonant and insightful., Funny. touching. lovely., Lyrical and fine., Captivating., Good cast with lead exquisite

See it if You'll be transported for a quick 70 mins, you find joy in small things, want touching family/friend dynamics. This is something special.

Don't see it if You want easy solutions, don't want to see an unflinching portrayal of autism, can't give yourself over to the experience, small production.

Also Alex Brain playing 15 yo Katie, a loving, creative person with autism,... Read more Read less

89
For a previous production
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you can make your way through a heavy Scottish accent to delve into the inner workings of an autistic young woman; you will come out happy.

Don't see it if autism is very close to home, and it is an uncomfortable subject for you. You cannot stand to listen carefully to get all the nuances.

Also The acting was so good that, at the end of the show, I was unsure whet... Read more Read less

88
For a previous production
Clever, Resonant, Touching

See it if want to open mind to the joy n bitter of an autistic individual and those around her; see smart staging and other theatrical creativities.

Don't see it if you don't like stereotypical overacting of autistic people and a personified dog (maybe, i don't know. i wish they could be more subtle)

88
For a previous production
Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Outstanding THEATER. Able to better comprehend what life is for an autistic girl and her sister

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents or want a light entertaining night out

86
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see something unpretentious and fun and original.

Don't see it if You want to see something typical in theater, a classic kitchen drama.

85
For a previous production
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You would enjoy a play that looks deeply into autism, but does so in a funny, clever and engaging manner.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and easy. This play absorbs you!

85
For a previous production
Moving, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Original, Intense

See it if you liked Curious Incident. This is less slick, but much more touching. From start to finish, you'll be engaged. WLBS is "a lovely thing."

Don't see it if you hate loud noises or you get discouraged trying to decipher heavy accents. The acting and story are really good . So do see it.

81
For a previous production
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you know someone who is autistic, want to support young actors supporting an important cause, you enjoy a "small" play well done.

Don't see it if for you,the most important part of a play is the script; this had many weaknesses;you like plays with lots of action; you're allergic to sap

80
For a previous production
Absorbing, Exquisite, Profound, Quirky, Intense

See it if you want to be drawn in to a story with just a few characters and how their connection changes their lives, and if you like unusual formats.

Don't see it if you're looking for something flashier or more action-packed, or if the fact that some things are out of sequence would confuse you too much.

78
For a previous production
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to get a better understanding of the world of an autistic person and how they interact with people.

Don't see it if It’s more of a minimal set and there’s something that’s a little low-brow about the writing.

70
For a previous production
Great acting, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy dramas mixed with humor. Great cast. However the story didn't grab me. I wanted to like it more.

Don't see it if thick English accents annoy you.

95
For a previous production
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a story that bleeds in and out of memories, nostalgia; an underrepresented story; a busy play with lots of fantastic music

Don't see it if you're not interested in non-linear stories, stories that contain multi-media, and stories that deal with fragile subject matter


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