We Live By The Sea

Greenwich Theatre is a new theatre for me to visit, it’s also not too far from me!
I was happy to be asked to review We live by the sea until now I had only been to either professional shows with “celebrities” or the opposite end my cousin’s college play. (Review soon)

I had never heard of A ‘Fringe’ play, but it was about a young girl called Katy (Alex Brain) and her (imaginary) dog, Paul Williams (played by Lizzie Grace), she lives with her sister Hannah (played by Alexandra Simonet)
When a lonely boy, called Rhyan moved from the city to the coast.

we live by the sea

Katy who we met at the start greeted us by just asking us to touch our shoes three times, then we were allowed into the intimate studio room.
We Live By The Sea was a sellout! Which, was good to see, particularly since The National Autistic Society devised this play and Greenwich Theatre.

Being a mum, to two girls on the Autistic Spectrum from two age groups. Seeing Katy tell her story was most definitely an eye opener.
However, please be prepared to take tissues as my heart ached for the sensory overload, the director Alex Howarth along with the Patch Of Blue team did an excellent job to bring my senses to the show to see, feel and hear on a different level.

I already live it, but to see it performed and presented to me and KK was truly informative.

we live by the sea
KK and Katy (Alex Brain)

Katy, Rhyan and Hannah! not forgetting Paul Williams the imaginary dog were fantastic and worked so good together.

How autism is portrayed, we live by the sea and Katys ( Alex Brain) acting, KK asked me if she had autism or not. I have to say after the show had finished like Katy had regressed into Alex, the transition from the character she played to herself was remarkable, and I have to say it blew KK and ME away.

The funny thing was Katy went loopy over KK’s shoes, they were furry flip flops, and two people were wearing them, she liked the shoes hehe.

Given that this show was to raise awareness of Autism, I found it surprising when KK wanted her minstrels she waited patiently for her chocolate. When she finished the small bag KK handed me the empty wrapper, I put in my bag to have two rather rude ladies turn their heads and tell me to ‘shut up’ quite funny actually and contradictory.

we Live by the sea Cast

After it had finished and the tears stopped, we were able to meet the cast and talk with them, they truly all are a lovely team and followed their hearts with this one I found out that Ryan ( Tom Coliandris ) works with young people with autism, so his character building was fantastic for the part

There is no surprise that it was nominated for a Fringe first.
It was also picked as one of the top memorable theatre moments of 2016 in the New York Times, won three awards at Adelaide FringE, including the prestigious Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award promoting human rights through theatre.

Also nominated for best production and best Ensemble at @offwestendcom Offies award

You can catch the show up until 29th July at Greenwich theatre

But be quick as they are almost all sold out!!

Five Star Rating

5 stars
Contact Links  http://Www.patchofbluetheatre.co.uk@patch_of_bluePatchofbluetheatre@gmail.com


19 Comments on We Live By The Sea

  1. Sam, Memories and Mayhem
    29th July 2017 at 9:39 PM (4 months ago)

    This sounds like a great show! It looks like you and KK both had a fab time xx

  2. Zoe Lester
    30th July 2017 at 10:24 PM (4 months ago)

    This sounds like a lovely show, looks like you both had a lovely time too.

  3. Laura dove
    31st July 2017 at 8:46 AM (4 months ago)

    Ahh this sounds amazing and what a great production to raise awareness too. I’m not surprised you needed tissues, you must have been able to identify very much with the story. Great review.

  4. Joanna
    31st July 2017 at 3:24 PM (4 months ago)

    It sounds like it was a great show for such a beautiful cause! I believe that you needed tissues to wipe your tears during the performance, being such a touching subject.

  5. Jenni
    31st July 2017 at 9:00 PM (4 months ago)

    I’ve not heard of this show before but I would quite like to see it. I’m autistic and I like things like this. I should bring my partner too! It’s got to be good for winning awards.

    31st July 2017 at 9:00 PM (4 months ago)

    It sounds like you guys really enjoyed the show and had a great day out. Some people are so rude I can’t believe those ladies spoke to you like that.

  7. Ana De- Jesus
    1st August 2017 at 1:59 AM (4 months ago)

    I think that it is amazing that it raises awareness of autism I think that is so beautiful. No wonder that it was nominated for a Fringe First!

  8. Rhian Westbury
    1st August 2017 at 11:00 AM (4 months ago)

    Sounds like a great play, I remember seeing the curious incident of the boy at nighttime and thinking how great the guy who portrayed the main character was with his autism x

  9. Anca
    1st August 2017 at 12:22 PM (4 months ago)

    Sounds like a lovely show. It’s something I would enjoy to see myself, even if I’m not very keen on theater. These kind of shows are great for raising awareness.
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  10. Lauretta at Home and Horizon
    1st August 2017 at 2:13 PM (4 months ago)

    This show is interesting. It must really be a good one given the awards and nomination it has.

  11. Stephanie Usher
    1st August 2017 at 5:43 PM (4 months ago)

    I’ve never heard of We Live By The Sea – it sounds great!

  12. nicol
    1st August 2017 at 7:57 PM (4 months ago)

    aw i do love how this is raising awareness! shame about the rude ladies but glad you found the funny side to it and it not ruining your day
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  13. Sarah Ann
    2nd August 2017 at 7:56 PM (4 months ago)

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! My younger sister is autistic and she loves going to the theatre.

  14. Hayley Warren
    3rd August 2017 at 3:12 PM (4 months ago)

    I love going to the theatre! It sounds like a wonderful production!


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