Sea Life

24 May - 11 Jun 2016
The Hope Theatre
Utterly fantastic, highly entertaining and engaging from start to finish
London Theatre 1

If your grandad tried to swim the English Channel with a plate of sandwiches strapped to his head, you might think your family was a little bizarre. But what if you didn’t know any different?

As their sleepy seaside town slips slowly into the sea, Roberta, Bob and Eddie are trying to save their neighbours from ending up at the bottom of the ocean. The only thing is, their neighbours are already six feet under.

Sea Life is a dark comedy set on the crumbling shores of England, where keeping a tight grip on past and present is as hard as holding back the rising tide. It is written by Pearson Television Writer’s Award winner Lucy Catherine, former writer in residence at Bristol Old Vic, and now best known for her work on BBC television (The Musketeers, Being Human, Frankie), and her Radio 4 plays and adaptations.

The production was nominated for four OFFIE Awards including Best Director for Matthew Parker. 


  • Roberta: Vicky Gaskin
  • Bob: Chris Levens
  • Eddie: Jack Harding


  • Writer: Lucy Catherine
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Producer: David Ralf for The Hope Theatre
  • Set Design: Laura Harling
  • Lighting: Tom Kitney
  • Sound: Philip Matejtschuk
  • Costume: Rachael Ryan
  • Stage Manager: Jo Abram
  • Assistant Director: Phil Croft
  • Casting Director: Gabriella Shimeld-Fenn
  • Additional Movement: Elissa Aravidou

Utterly fantastic, highly entertaining and engaging from start to finish

London Theatre1

Parker brings the play to life thanks to brilliant juxtapositions

Thrifty Theatre Thinker

Thrilling and fulfilling

London Pub Theatres

One of my favourite shows so far in 2016

Young Critics Wales

Sea Life is original and ridiculously funny

Stage Review

It's a credit to Parker's skill

Female Arts

A gloriously quirky and stylish explosion of ideas and emotions

View From The Gods