Opens 1 Mar 2018
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Sea explores isolation and disconnection from human contact in London. An individual confronts their feeling of being alone in a city of 8.7 million others. They journey through London to see how other people 'do life', going to football matches and main squares, trying to overcome their sense of insignificance. Oxford Circus is too busy, you feel lost; Tottenham Marshes are too wide, you feel lost as well. Alone in a swarm of people; alone in an empty field. Social media and digital communication seem to provide an escape. So many more bars, restaurants, cafes, galleries, parks, pubs, novelty pop ups to discover and explore. How could anyone feel lonely in a city where there are 3615 pubs, 245 night clubs and 108 cinemas? Could you call London a community? All we've got in common is that we've never met and likely never will. If every seat was sold in the run of this play, the audience would constitute 0.00002% of the population of the city. 60 individuals shared the same space for an hour and a half on one night. How could that feel significant when there are 8787832 others? Does digital communication overcome isolation? Are we more or less connected? Is the urban environment damaging our happiness? Can anyone really feel like someone in a big city? 8.7 million people live in London: why would anyone feel significant?