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A delightful but poignant comedy set on the east coast of England in 1907. The action centres around the drowning of a young man and the repercussions, emotional and political, it has on the tight, inward-looking village.

It is not a play remarkable for anything more than its rational simplicity. In fact, shortly after premiering at London’s Royal Court Theatre to wide acclaim, Bond wrote “So the sea is a symbol of hope justified by constant new changes and opportunities. (It deals with) your moral involvement in society.”

This play provided the performers with the double challenge of making their play both entertaining and thought-provoking.

By Edward Bond.

Director: Bryan Foster

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Sheridan Hall Theatre


Willy Carson: Phillip Hughes
Evens: John Prendergast
Hatch: Michael Hannigan
Hollarcut: Geoff Whynot
Vicar: Frank Mendicino
Carter: Glyndwr James
Thompson: Cassel Miles
Louise Rafi: Carla Devenish
Rose Jones: Christine Zimmerly
Jessica Tilehouse: Barbara Fisher
Mafanwy Price: Kathryn May
Jilly: Jennifer McLeod
Rachel: Donna Bernhardt


The Sea, Edward Bond, Theatre Sheridan, musical theatre

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Theatre and Performance Studies


Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design


Department of Visual and Performing Arts

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Original Citation

Foster, B. (Director). (1985, April 24 – May 4). The sea [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.

The Sea, April 24 – May 4, 1985



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