Simon Stephens’ Sea Wall comes to Margate Pride with performance at Turner Contemporary

Laura Wyatt O'Keeffe in Sea Wall Image by Danilo Zocatelli Cesco

The first queer production of critically-acclaimed Sea Wall will premiere at the Turner Contemporary in collaboration with Margate Pride tonight (August 10).

Written by Olivier and Tony- award winning Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre; Birdland, Royal Court Theatre), Sea Wall is being brought to life by a female-led creative team for one performance only.

Set against Britain’s coastline, Sea Wall is a story of grief, faith, hope and love. Audiences will be able to experience this deeply moving monologue as the sun sets on Margate Pride and Alex’s story begins.

Performed by multi-award nominated artist Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe (Arrival, New Wimbledon Theatre & UK Tour), Terra Verunt (International Arts Festival Malta) and directed by Sophie Drake (Patriots, Almeida Theatre; Hamlet & The Cherry Orchard, Theatre Royal Windsor), the heart- breaking play is reimagined for the first time as a queer production. It tells the story of Alex, devoted wife to Helen and Mum to Lucy, as she navigates life after a devastating loss.

Playwright Simon Stephens said: “ Of all my plays Sea Wall is closest to my heart and to my life. This is a production that treats my play with real care and love. It means a great deal to see it given life in such a stunning environment.”

Sea Wall

Wednesday 10th August

Foyle Room, Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous Margate CT9 1HG

Running Time 35 minutes (no interval)

Time  8.10pm

Ticket Link a-portal-launch-event-at-turner-contemporary

Age Guidance 14+


  1. is there no end to this malarkey , this place will be thanets answer to greenwich village before long

    • So, you’re saying it’ll be a place of huge historical and cultural importance and will be a site hundreds of thousands visit a year for those associations?

      Real world? Cloud cuckoo land, more like.

  2. Why is this production allowed to be designated as queer ?

    If it was designated as white, middle class, heterosexual male – there would be an outcry.

    • So true and we would never have called a homosexual a queer as it was deemed insulting.
      Now, that is what they like to be called and apparently Thanet is the ‘queer’ capital of Kent.

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