Simon Stephens Mon 5 - Sat 17 Oct, 2009 Book tickets

After a sell out and critically acclaimed run at this year's Edinburgh Festival, the Bush brings its production of Simon Stephens' Sea Wall back to London.

Please note that the performance will take place at The Bush at the Library 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 8LJ. Tickets can be collected from the Bush at the Library, one hour before the performance.

Things for Alex are good. He loves his wife, his daughter, his city, his job. But sometimes the force of life can crash against you. Sometimes everything you thought you could always depend on can be taken away.

Sea Wall is a story about family, fear and the things that can't be undone. It is award-winning playwright Simon Stephens' new play. His previous plays include Pornography (Traverse Theatre, 2008), Port (Pearson Award for Best Play), Christmas, On the Shore of the Wide World (Olivier Award for Best New Play), Motortown, and Harper Regan.

Olivier Award Winner Andrew Scott's recent theatre credits include Roaring Trade at the Soho Theatre and Vertical Hour on Broadway.

We're thrilled to bring you this performance as part of the launch of The Bush at the Library - the new script reference library which will be housed at 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 8LJ from 5 October. So do drop by to browse through our collection of scripts and performing arts related books.

Sea Wall was first shown at the Bush Theatre in 2008 as part of the Broken Space Season.


What the papers say

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'One of the most devastating 30 minutes you are ever likely to experience in the theatre...

...The extraordinary power of Sea Wall is that it is concerned with both the domestic and the majestic. 'Why?' is the unspoken question that resonates around the theatre.'


'First off the starting-block in Traverse Theatre festival programme for 2009 is a monologue, just 30 minutes long, by the Stockport writer Simon Stephens, first fleetingly glimpsed at the Bush in London last year. It's a delicate wisp of a thing, like a curl of cigarette-smoke exhaled in a moment of mournful reverie. After contact with it, sure enough, your eyes are welling up, and you're starting to choke...

...The delight of this solo, directed by George Perrin, is also two-fold. First, there's the quality of Stephens's writing, which has a rich feel for the embarrassments, detours, short-cuts and comic self-deprecations of everyday speech. But holding it together is a pitch-perfect performance from the actor Andrew Scott, telling the tale to his audience directly, on a bare stage, under the most basic lighting. He's charming and casual, groping for the right words - building up a picture for us of a photographer who's been blessed with the woman of his dreams and a beautiful young daughter. His father-in-law, with his house in the South of France, gives the family a gateway to sun-soaked afternoons by the Mediterranean. Who should Alex thank for this bounty? Not God in heaven, surely - he doesn't believe in any of that. And yet when things go horribly wrong - who, then, can he turn to? From something quite shallow, superficial, even smug in its tone, this heart-on-sleeve confessional suddenly launches us into a flux of profound, unanswerable questions. It's good to be thrown in at the deep end like this, on day one.'

Daily Telegraph


Direction - George Perrin
Design - Lucy Osborne
Lighting - Natasha Chivers


cast includes

Andrew Scott



Dates - 5 October - 17 October
Times - Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri & Sat 8pm and Wed 6.30pm
Prices - £10 (£7 concessions)
Running time - Approximately 30 mins