sea life

writer: LUCY CATHERINE / director: MATTHEW PARKER
24 May - 11 Jun 2016
7.45pm
£15/£12
Tues to Sat. No shows Sun & Mon.

The Hope Theatre presents the London premiere of
Sea Life
A darkly comic exploration of life, death and seaweed

4 OFF WEST END AWARD NOMINATIONS!

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★★★★★ “A must see” Thrifty Theatre
★★★★★ “Utterly fantastic, highly entertaining” London Theatre1
★★★★★ “Thrilling and fulfilling” London Pub Theatres
★★★★★ “A triumph!” Young Critics Wales
★★★★ “Original and ridiculously funny” Stage Review
★★★★ “Unique” Female Arts
★★★★ “Gloriously quirky and stylish” Views From The Gods

“We didn’t call him grandad when we were kids. We called him The Hero. That’s what the whole town called him.”

If your grandad tried to swim the English Channel with a plate of sandwiches strapped to his head, you might think your family was a little bizarre. But what if you didn’t know any different?

As their sleepy seaside town slips slowly into the sea, Roberta, Bob and Eddie are trying to save their neighbours from ending up at the bottom of the ocean. The only thing is, their neighbours are already six feet under.

Sea Life is a dark comedy set on the crumbling shores of England, where keeping a tight grip on past and present is as hard as holding back the rising tide. It is written by Pearson Television Writer’s Award winner Lucy Catherine, former writer in residence at Bristol Old Vic, and now best known for her work on BBC television (The Musketeers, Being Human, Frankie), and her Radio 4 plays and adaptations.

“A stunning piece … the humour comes in one colour: funereal black” The Independent

Sea Life is the follow-up to The Hope Theatre’s multi award-winning first in-house production Lovesong of the Electric Bear which transferred to the West End in 2015. It is directed by Matthew Parker, Off West End Award nominated Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre, designed by Laura Harling and produced by David Ralf for The Hope.

CAST
Roberta: VICKY GASKIN
Bob: CHRIS LEVENS
Eddie: JACK HARDING

View our trailer here

Praise for Matthew Parker’s previous work:

★★★★★ “The Hope Theatre’s production does credit to the brilliant oddness of the play. It is just as fresh and clever as the script itself. An exciting, magical, odd and touching show that isn’t easy to forget. Unmissable!” Everything Theatre

★★★★★  “Brilliant, absurdist theatre sparkling at every angle… this is intoxicating, mind-blowing theatre” What’s On London

★★★★★ “Matthew Parker orchestrates the whole with enormous panache and clarity” London Pub Theatres

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 2 hours including interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only.

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