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Paines Plough, UK

Sea Wall | Project Arts Centre | Feb 23 – 28 | Reviews

Sea Wall by Simon Stephens at Project Arts Centre 23 - 28 Feb 2015

image: Kevin Cummins

In February we were thrilled to present Paines Plough's an exceptional production, Sea Wall, at Project Arts Centre for just 8 performances.

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.

Andrew Scott reprises his acclaimed performance in Simon Stephens' unforgettable story about family, fear and the things that can't be undone.

Sea Wall in Review

"Simons Stephens’ Sea Wall is built on the awesome power of the unknown, and in Andrew Scott’s mercurial hands it will seduce and destroy you"


"To be able to write that kind of suffering is a rare gift: Simon Stephens has the gift, distilled into a heart-wrenching, breathtaking half hour of theatre in 'Sea Wall'..."

"Sea Wall isn't just a one-man show - it's a master class in writing and presentation"


  • Chris Wasser, The Herald

"A very special theatre moment."

  • Sophie Gorman, RTÉ Radio One, Arena

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

"As engaging and devastating a piece of theatre as you're likely to find... packs an enormous emotional punch... A spellbinding reminder of the power of story-telling in all its glorious simplicity."


"Andrew Scott's performance is brilliant."


  • Financial Times

"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."


"Electrifyingly superb... like an emotional rip tide. This is a staggeringly harrowing piece of writing and a superlative production. Not to be missed."

Show Information:

  • Venue: Project Arts Centre
  • Preview: Monday 23 February 2015, 7.30pm
  • Dates: Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 February, 7.30pm. Friday 27 & Saturday 28 February, 7pm & 8.45pm
  • Duration: Approx. 30 mins. No interval
  • Tickets: €13 - €18

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Written by Simon Stephens
  • Directed by George Perrin
  • Cast: Andrew Scott

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