“There once was a young boy who lived in a part of the world where magic was real. Very, very real.”
Grace has lived in Dunwick – in a little two-storey cottage on the outskirts of Dunwick with her father – all her life. And she doesn’t mind it that much. It’s a fine enough town. There are things to do, people to make friends with, plenty going on.
But on the morning of Grace’s sixteenth birthday, a box falls out of the chimney with a grey cloak that’s just her size, and a photograph of a young woman taken on a tiny island just off the coast that Grace feels certain she recognises. It wasn’t that Grace was out looking for adventure, but seeing as this one fell right in to her lap…
Soon, Grace is whipped up in the journey of a lifetime, travelling across land and sea, through rainstorms and abandoned barns, meeting people – and creatures – she was certain did not exist. All in the hope of finding out just who she is, and what her father had been too scared to tell her all these years.
To the Ocean is a modern re-telling of the Selkie myth. Performed with a cast of four actor musicians, the show intertwines myth, magic and song, to create a beautifully joyous story about connection, belonging, and the places we call home.
To the Ocean is The Greenhouse’s headline show for summer 2023, being performed at 7pm every day when the venue is open in Canary Wharf and Battersea.
Stuart Curlett is a Scottish actor, musician and writer, originally from North Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland. Having spent a few years performing in various plays in his later hometown in Brighton, Stuart embarked upon the Masters course at East 15 Acting School in Essex, from which he graduated this year. Since then he has performed alongside Katie Dickie in the multi award-winning short film Burn On Arrival, as well as recent voiceover work in the new Sky Docs series The Essex Murders. Stuart is now based in North London, where he also manages street outreach teams in the homelessness sector. He is currently writing a verbatim play about homelessness and addiction.
Laura trained in musical theatre and acting for Stage & Screen at Julie Sianne Theatre Arts and The MTA, London, completing her studies with a 1st in BA(Hons) Performance.
Theatre credits include: Alexa in The Lock In: New Musical Comedy (George Wood Theatre), Annie Kenney in Dangerous Daughters (Bridewell Theatre), Mrs Mayor in Seussical the Musical (The Pleasance Theatre), Abey Durbeyfield in Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Bernie Grant Arts Centre).
Film/TV/Recording credits include: Calonice in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata (Valdesiga Productions), The Horse in Orson Welles’ Horse Eats Hat (Clubhouse Radio), a twice featured performer on The Last Leg, (Channel 4), Cheryl in season 3 of Pennyworth (Warner Bros.), and as a singer in EP for new musical Danny Hero (Perfect Pitch).
Fintan is an actor-musician from London, who plays clarinet, guitar, a little bit of piano, and an even littler bit of saxophone. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Fintan was involved in 16 productions during his time there and studied English Literature. His studies allowed him to explore a love of stories, and of folk music: his final year dissertation was about Simon and Garfunkel and the folk revival of the 1960s. He is also very interested in the relationship between climate and storytelling, so To The Ocean is a really exciting chance to blend all these interests together. He is thrilled to be working with The Greenhouse and such a talented cast.
Alice is a RADA graduate who has worked as an actor, writer, producer, and podcast maker. Previous credits include Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’ (Minack Theatre), ‘From Rushmere With Love’ (Eastern Angles), ‘Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody’ (Edinburgh Fringe and Tour), and most recently Elizabeth I in ‘The Inquisition of Queen Elizabeth I’ (UK Tour). For the oral history project Greenham Women Everywhere, she has edited over a hundred interviews with women who lived at or supported the Greenham Common Peace Camp between 1981 and 2000. From these voices, she co-created the podcast ‘Greenham Uncommon’. Her voice is regularly featured on the narrative let’s play ‘Planescape: Torment’ for RevocerGM. As a writer, her work has been seen at Ugly Duck, RADA Festival, and in Slackline Cyberstories 2020, with short film ‘Preserved’.
Oli Savage – Director, Writer, and Composer
Rachel Routledge – Producer
Rachel Gemaehling – Assistant Director
Charlotte Murray – Designer