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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant
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Avg Score

For a previous production
100
Great acting, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a real, raw, emotional story of an autistic girl

Don't see it if You can't handle or dislike heavy shows

For a previous production
95
Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to see fresh young storytelling onstage that is extremely impactful.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate settings.

For a previous production
93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to experience an intense, thoughtful, gut-wrenching, hopeful view of someone with autism.

Don't see it if The play is so good that parts are hard to watch.I left with a sick feeling in my gut -a testament to the great staging, acting, and writing

For a previous production
100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Original

See it if You enjoy well acted, powerful emotional stories. Non linear, but great story and well told. It's both funny and heartwarming and emotional

Don't see it if You can't deal with issues of disability. Enjoy more linear plays.

For a previous production
90
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.

For a previous production
91
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy a heartwarming story of family and of living with social challenges.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing characters who have difficulty with social interaction and who are on the spectrum of autism.

Also Excellent actors, especially the lead.

For a previous production
86
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.

For a previous production
78
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.

For a previous production
80
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.

For a previous production
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if You like dramatic work done in a small environment by a talented cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical.

For a previous production
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Must see

See it if You want to have a profoundly moving experience. Some of the best acting/direction I've seen in a long time. See it while you can.

Don't see it if You only like shows that are pure fluff. Even so, this might be the play that changes your tastes.

For a previous production
90
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.

For a previous production
88
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)

For a previous production
97
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Original

See it if You want to be pulled into the stories, go on a journey and feel emotionally attached to the lead.

Don't see it if You can't handle emotional situations, need a lot of substance in terms of sets.

For a previous production
92
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see really good acting that feels so real. Also if you aren't worried or distracted if tears well up in your eyes at points.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a touching reminder that all people can treach each of us a good life lesson.

For a previous production
94
Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Original

See it if You liked Curious Incident..., or if you like small-scale shows of that style.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays, or if you prefer shows with more spectacle-like elements.

For a previous production
95
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


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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