6-16 August, times vary.
Andrew Scott’s ablity to quieten the public merely by standing up a little straighter indicates his potential for power over people, which in the case of this production was fully realized: thanks to a forceful, moving script from Simon Stephens and the ability of Scott to fully connect with the audience in such a short space of time.
Sea Wall takes the form of a 30 minute monologue, a story telling, which gives off a feel of a pub conversation, partly due to how comfortable Scott is on stage. While the speech seems at first disjointed and, at times, trite, it becomes multi-layered and heart rending, though never feeling oppressive or overly intense. The different aspects of the show strike a delicate balance, and in a festival full of stand up comedians it’s refreshing to watch a show of this format, which is entertaining yet profound.