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Writer & performer

‘Hope is a runaway dog, and you think you’re holding its tail but you’re holding its shit.’

Chris and Christine are a seasoned seaside double-act. But when Christine mysteriously refuses to perform, Chris' chaotic solo-effort takes both dangerously out of their depth.

Winner of a Keep it Fringe Award 2023, this camp and irreverent new play takes a darkly-comic cannonball into the heart of the untameable deep, and premiered at Summerhall during the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Directed by Sophie Mercell

Sound design by Kieran Lucas

Produced by Natalie Allison

TSM Han Sayles

Wellbeing Lead Abs Sol

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Photo credit Stephanie Mackrill

“A dynamic and thoughtful exploration of failure and toxic positivity” The Scotsman

“Gully is virtuosic” Three Weeks

“Gully is supremely watchable whatever he is doing” The Queer Review

“He creates a magical air in the room” Entertainment Now

"This is a truly virtuosic one-man show" The Crumb

★★★★★ Theatre and Tonic

★★★★ Entertainment Now

★★★★ Corr Blimey

★★★★ The Crumb

Sea Words was initially workshopped at Wilton’s Music Hall in September 2019, directed by Fringe First Award-winning director Bethany Pitts (Fuck You Pay Me, Spine) and produced by Molly Roberts (This Must Be The Place, Plastic.)

The 2019 R&D team incuded:

Christine Nina Wadia

Chris Nick Haverson

Jordan Natasha Cottriall

Directed by Bethany Pitts

Sound design by Kieran Lucas

Physical movement by Dom Burdess

Stage Manager Roshan Conn

Photography by Jack Burke

Produced by Molly Roberts

With thanks to Wilton’s Music Hall,

Harry Hickmore, and Holly Kendrick

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