Set in the high Edwardian world of 1907, The Sea is a fascinating blend of wild farce, high comedy, biting social satire and poetic tragedy.
A wild storm shakes a small East Anglian seaside village, and Willy is unable to save his friend from drowning. The raving coastguard is too drunk to do anything; Hatch the draper is passing by but he believes that hovering alien spaceships are slowly replacing people’s brains, and he refuses to help. while the grande dame Mrs Rafi, bastion of respectability, amateur theatricals and velvet curtains from Birmingham, sets her face against the chaos.
This collection of furious eccentricity, the bitter collision of class, and the fierce burning of grief sways between light-hearted comedy and desolate poetry, an examination of rural manners and humanity’s unqualified potential.
The Sea was first produced in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre, London.