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Toronto: “Sea Wall” by Simon Stephens plays at the Assembly Theatre September 21-October 8

Saturday, September 9, 2023

“There’s a hole running through the centre of my stomach. You must have all felt a bit awkward because you can probably see it”

Sea Wall is a deceptively simple, viscerally human story, in which a young photographer tells us about a holiday in the south of France with his wife and family. An exquisite, hauntingly truthful, portrait of a man trying desperately to keep his head above the water, while below him the sea wall drops away into shattering oblivion.

Prepare to be captivated by the powerful resonance of Sea Wall, a stunning play by Simon Stephens, as it makes its highly anticipated return in a compelling new production. Under the creative direction of Belinda Cornish from Bright Young Things, and featuring the exceptional talents of Jamie Cavanagh, this production arrives fresh from a critically acclaimed and nearly sold-out run at the Edmonton Fringe. Don't miss this remarkable theatrical experience at The Assembly Theatre in Toronto, running from September 21 to October 8.

Event Details:

● Play: Sea Wall by Simon Stephens

● Director: Belinda Cornish

● Starring: Jamie Cavanagh

● Venue: The Assembly Theatre, Toronto

● Run Dates: September 21 - October 8

● Tickets Available at:

● Age Recommendation: 16+

Creative Team:

Simon Stephens (Playwright): Simon Stephens, a prolific playwright, has breathed new life into contemporary theatre with a series of gritty and evocative tragedies. Renowned for championing new works, he has crafted over 20 plays, including adaptations of novels and classics. Stephens' work is an integral part of modern British theatre, with his plays gracing esteemed stages such as the National Theatre, Royal Court, and more. Notable accolades include Olivier Awards for "A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "On the Shore of the Wide World."

Belinda Cornish (Director): Belinda is an actor, playwright and director, who has been a part of Canada’s professional theatre scene for over twenty years. Her work has been seen across the country, including at Canadian Stage, the Citadel Theatre and the Arts Club Theatre, as well as appearing in ten seasons with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and many productions with Teatro Live! of which she has been an ensemble member since 2006. She also voices a number of characters in the Bioware video game series Mass Effect and Dragon Age. She is the author of several award-winning plays, including Category E, whose publication followed its Toronto production in 2018. Her play The Garneau Block, adapted from Todd Babiak’s Giller Award-nominated novel of the same name, was produced by the Citadel Theatre in 2021. She is the recipient of four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards, and an AMPIA, as well as Canadian Comedy Award and Canadian Screen Award nominations. Belinda is the founder of critically acclaimed independent theatre company, Bright Young Things, and has been co-Artistic Director of Teatro Live! since 2020.

Jamie Cavanagh (Actor): Jamie Cavanagh, a respected Canadian actor, brings his unparalleled passion to the stage in this critically acclaimed production. Toronto theatre audiences may recognize him from his performances with VideoCabaret/Soulpepper (“Confederation Parts I and II” and “The Great War”), One Four One Collective (“The Huns”) and Storefront Theatre (“The Numbers Game”), and the improv crowd will also know him from his work with Comedy Bar, Knifefight Theatre, and Second City. Jamie Cavanagh, a promising Canadian actor, has humbly ventured across the globe sharing his passion for the stage. Garnering nods for both the Dora Mavor Moore Award and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Jamie's dedication has shone in acting, production, and ensemble work. Beginning with improv comedy tours, he graduated into various Shakespearean roles, and later earned the opportunities to share his insights as a guest instructor at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). A career highlight was his involvement in the New York Times Critics Pick, "Ministry of Mundane Mysteries" (Outside the March), where he both starred and co-directed. Jamie Cavanagh is poised to shine as an exciting new talent in the realm of Canadian theatre, embodying dynamism and versatility in every performance.

Dates and Times:

Thursday September 21 (opening) - 8PM 

Friday September 22 - 8PM

Saturday September 23 - 8PM

Sunday September 24 - 8PM

Tuesday September 26 (Pay What You Can)- 8PM

Wednesday September 27 - 8PM 

Thursday September 28 - 8PM

Friday September 29 - 8PM

Saturday September 30 - 8PM 

Tuesday October 3 - 8PM 

Wednesday October 4 - 8PM 

Thursday October 5 - 8PM 

Friday October 6 - 8PM 

Saturday October 7 - 1PM 

Saturday October 7 - 8PM 

Sunday October 8 - 8PM