We Live By The Sea tells the story of Katy, a 15 year old girl with autism who lives in a seaside town in Yorkshire with her sister Hannah. The girls live a solitary life seemingly outside of any friends or family and with only each other to rely on until Ryan moves into the town.
Battling his own demons of past actions, Ryan forms a connection with Katy and is drawn to her ability to simply be herself.
We Live By The Sea is a beautiful play telling a coming of age story that is a little different than most, as Ryan injects hope into the worlds of Katy and Hannah. Performed on a simple but captivating set, the young cast are all exceptional, particularly Alex Brain as Katy and Lizzie Grace as Paul Williams, Katy's imaginary Friend/Dog.
The relationship between Katy and Paul Williams is special and sincere and provides insight into the minds of people living with autism as Paul Williams helps Katy to navigate everyday life.
The actors are joined on stage by a live three-piece band performing backing music, with sound quality so good it was easy to forget it wasn't pre-recorded.
Although at times confronting, this play is really a beautiful story of acceptance, hope and life. A must see and sure to do well in its Adelaide run after picking up the Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe.
Presented by Patch Of Blue Theatre Company, We Live By The Sea is on at the Royal Croquet Club until March 19, including weekend matinees. Put this one on the must see list