Grace and the Sea by Rob Brannen

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MATE Ensemble present ‘Grace and the Sea’, an exciting new play by acclaimed writer of ‘The Yarn’ Rob Brannen set on Crosby and Formby beaches – flip-flops essential!

They come to the beach to get away from it all; to picnic, to kite-fly, to beach-comb, to dog-walk. Shipwrecks, 5,000 year old footprints, brave life-boat men and a living chorus of Anthony Gormley statues will transport you to ‘Another Place’.

Film, live music, physical theatre and storytelling combine in this exciting and dynamic celebration of an amazing landscape and those who have left their mark upon it. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

“An extraordinary theatrical production…poetic, engaging and identifiable…by the end, their joy becomes your joy and their sorrow your sorrow” 5 stars, Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe 2012

“Everything that is good about community theatre….an incredibly joyous piece. It felt like I had a smile on my face from beginning to end”  Liverpool Theatre’s Best of 2012


Saturday 19th July, 7.30pm Atkinson Theatre £10 (£8) Lord St, Southport, PR8 1DB Box: 01704 533 333

Wednesday 23rd July & Thursday 24th July, 7pm Unity Theatre £10 (£8) 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG Box: 0844 873 2888

Tuesday 29th July, 7.30pm Halewood Academy £10 (£6.50) The Ave, Wood Road, Halewood, L26 1UU  Tickets: 0151 281 8461 Tickets at eventbrite

Monday 4th – Saturday 9th August, 3pm Sweet on Grassmarket, International 1 £10 (£6.50) Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Venue 18 Box: 0131 243 3596

*************************************************************************************************************** – listen to director Gaynor La Rocca and cast members Vera Farrell, Kirsty Taylor and Carl James Fowler from MATE Productions talking about ‘Grace and the Sea’ on BBC Radio Merseyside. The clip starts at 02:01:40 and finishes at 02:10:00.


Grace and the Sea has been kindly supported by BBC Performing Arts Fund, Arts Council England, Knowsley, Sefton and Liverpool councils, Halewood Town Council and Project and Programme Services