Written and directed by Alex Howarth
With Alex Brain, Emily McGlynn, Michaela Murphy, and Helen Chong
Can kids be parents? Three sisters in foster care wrestle with that question as they try to write the next chapter in their story after important pages are torn out in this new play from Patch of Blue (We Live by the Sea, 2018).
Based on real life events and interviews with children in foster care, the show incorporates live music and video projection to transport audiences between the adult world and the at once more honest and more fantastical world of childhood, where much is mysterious but everything is possible.
Cassie and the Lights is a tender and playful examination of what makes a family and what holds it together.
A Relaxed Performance is an accessible production of a play, musical, or other theatrical experience designed to be inclusive and welcoming to individuals with neurodiverse needs as well as friends and family attending with them. Often there are minor technical modifications, resource materials created specifically for this audience, and clinically trained staff members available to assist when needed.
We are a multi award winning company creating fresh, exciting and touching theatre with live music that allows an audience to see the world through different eyes. We present our work at festivals and through international touring, and are supported by Arts Council England. Our mission is to create, fresh, playful, socially engaged theatre with live music, and to amplify under-represented voices.
Read more at: patchofblue.webs.com
Verse Unbound founded by Xinyi Shen, is a London based theatre production company specialising in producing and events management for international festivals, touring and cultural collaborations. With a strong connection to both the China and UK theatres, it is established with an aim of working towards the development of both UK and Chinese theatre industries, personal and social development of young audiences, as well as contributing to cultural collaboration.
Read more at: www.verseunbound.com/
"Thoughtful script and direction by Alex Howarth"
"Brain is simply phenomenal as Cassie... The intense affection of Cassie's gaze is something any one of us would be lucky to absorb." – NY Stage Review
"A captivating portrayal of sisterhood"
"Unique, entertaining, and poignant"
"A wonderful depiction of how sisters hold each other dear in difficult circumstances." – BroadwayWorld
"Fantasy-filled and emotion-and-guilt-fraught world of three sisters in foster care"
"The production’s powerful impact is largely due to the authenticity of its actors, and the tragic, universal reality that the outcomes of foster care, no matter where they occur, are unpredictable at best." – OffOffOnline
★★★★ "Glows in the darkness.. a thoughtful, warm, moving hour that will leave you wanting to call whoever you think of as family" – The Guardian
★★★★ "Bursts with life and quirkily observed truths" – Lyn Gardner, The Stage
"Top Shows of Edinburgh Fringe" – The Stage
Nominated for the BBC Writer's Room Popcorn Award