SEA WALL

Sold out

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.

This is a past event
"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."
Guardian
"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."
Daily Telegraph
"Andrew Scott's performance is brilliant."
Financial Times
"If you want to see the small but perfectly formed in all its glory, look no further than Simon Stephens's Sea Wall, first seen at the Bush last year. Performed with devastating intensity by Andrew Scott, this monologue is an exquisitely written and moving account of the fragility of our existence and how the good life can suddenly turn bad without warning."
Guardian
"Engaging and devastating...packs an enormous emotional punch"
Independent
"Electrifyingly superb...a staggeringly harrowing piece of writing and a superlative production. Not to be missed."
Independent on Sunday
"Beautifully realised"
The Herald

Photo & video

Direction
Designer
Lighting

Cast

Andrew Scott

Theatre Includes Roaring Trade (Soho Theatre); The Vertical Hour (Broadway, Drama league nomination); Dying City (Royal Court); Aristocrats (National Theatre); A Girl In A Car With A Man (Olivier award), Playing the Victim, Crave, Dublin Carol (Royal Court); The Coming World (Soho Theatre); The Cavalcaders (Tricycle); Long Day's Journey Into Night (Gate, Dublin); The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, The Marriage of Figaro, A Woman Of No Importance (Abbey theatre, Dublin); The Lonesome West (Druid/Royal Court)

Television includes John Adams, My life in Film, Band of Brothers, Longitude, The American.

Film includes The Duel, Little White Lie, Dead Bodies, (Best Actor, Irish Film Awards. Shooting Star Award, Berlin FF), Saving Private Ryan, Korea, Nora.

@bushtheatre

still smiling from this beautiful queer love story by @twilkeyway that pushes new boundaries, has its audience in s… https://t.co/cSQhlNeme7
Dom O'Hanlon
@dom_ohanlon
16 Feb
‘The High Table’ by @twilkeyway, currently on at the @bushtheatre, is such a beautiful theatrical offering. The a… https://t.co/FR3ToLx7Tr
Decolonially Queer
@decolonialqueer
16 Feb
My twitter echo chamber was correct The High Table @bushtheatre IS truly incredible. @twilkeyway 👏🏼👏🏼😮
frances holgeth
@francesholgeth
15 Feb
The High Table @bushtheatre tackles deep rooted prejudice with sensitivity and humour. It is a total joy and had th… https://t.co/s3CYxGzgf2
Lucy
@Lucyonthego
15 Feb
I saw #thehightable @bushtheatre on Thursday and it’s still with me. LOVED it, @twilkeyway has mastered the balance… https://t.co/xR8DBQrzPo
Ros Chase
@Ros9115
15 Feb
We know how to do press nights at @bushtheatre! Yes @twilkeyway @DanielLBailey and the whole team. What a smash!!!! https://t.co/rW2LQYrKVF
Deirdre O'Halloran
@deirdre_OH
14 Feb

Bush Green

Conversations, dispatches and ideas from the Bush Theatre.

Go to BushGreen
Bush Staff Recommends: LGBT+ Books

Happy LGBT+ History Month! In the midst of LGBT+ history month we wanted to focus on our favourite pieces of literature that we believe diversify the perspective from which stories are told. So we asked our staff to pull out their best recommendations for books written by LGBT+ authors and/or including gay characters. It’s time…

There must be magic in the atmosphere By Benedict Lombe

Benedict Lombe from our Emerging Writers Group writes about diasporic experience. It’s 3am. I’m sitting in my room wolfing down a pack of Doritos and thinking about the night I just had. I’m also thinking – quite intensely – about who decided we needed more than one flavour of Doritos? Bro, you hit the jackpot…

Rachael Merry: The BSL access is ‘rooted in the telling of the story’

Zia Ahmed’s tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you have is keen to cross boundaries. Vital to the three-hander is Rachael Merry, who uses BSL interpretation to convey the poetic beauty of Ahmed’s language . Rachael talks to us about the show, language, and the role of accessibility…