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  • Writer's pictureAlex First

Sea Symphony, in Theatre Works' courtyard

I can still recall imagery in my mind’s eye as a youngster after reading Joseph Conrad’s vivid stories about the power of the sea.


The fear, the vulnerability, the mystery and the delights of the ocean are apparent in the latest creative endeavour by Theatre Works.


Set inside a makeshift, red, wooden phone booth, surrounded by fairy lights, in the front courtyard, Sea Symphony is a 12-minute audio visual experience.


Call it a short documentary in a confined space for one, if you will.

You are seated with headphones on, looking straight ahead. You can ask for a version of the video with or without written text.


The doco is a celebration of the sea as a connector to us and our stories. Humanity and the natural world are in sharp focus.


Four vignettes provide individual perspectives of the watery experience, what it means to them and how important it has been in their lives.


It is about the waves, the sand, the shells and the creatures, the memories of childhood holidays, about surfing and cultural significance.

Exhilarating, life changing, cleansing and cold are just some of the words used to describe it.


Sea Symphony may be about others’ thoughts and feelings about the ocean, but it is also cause to reflect upon our own.


It is on in Theatre Works’ courtyard until 8th June, 2024.


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