This city, this region, this nation. Our past, our present, our future.

The sea has shaped lives since people walked these shores. This new annual festival brings a range of theatre experiences, exploring our relationship with the waters that surround us. Expect a diverse range of live and digital performances, created and curated from Portsmouth communities and leading UK companies. Enjoy your new Festival of the Sea.



Frozen Light presents THE ISLE OF BRIMSKER at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. A new multi-sensory story from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

11 February 2019 at 1.30pm & 6.30pm and 12 February 2019 at 11am & 1.30pm

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Curious Directive presents FROGMAN at The Square Tower, Portsmouth

At the crossroads of contemporary performance and cutting-edge tech, FROGMAN is a coming-of-age thriller exploring the fragility of the childhood imagination. Audiences experience the 1995 storyline in a 360 degree VR environment.

14 February 2019 at 7.30pm and 15 & 16 February 2019 at 2pm & 7.30pm

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Up The Road Theatre presents PERIL AT SEA at The Square Tower, Portsmouth

The greatest storm in living memory blasts the English coast. Striving against the howling winds and pounding waves, a lonely boat struggles on. Those left behind wait impatiently, huddled together, isolated and unfamiliar.

27 February 2019 at 7.30pm and 28 February 2019 at 2pm & 7.30pm

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Portsmouth Poetry presents TIME AND TIDE at The Square Tower, Portsmouth

Portsmouth Poetry presents Time and Tide – a collaboration between The New Theatre Royal Dancers and Players and the BTEC Dance students from Castle View Academy, Paulsgrove.

1 March 2019 at 6.30pm and 2 March 2019 at 7pm

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The Front Room presents OCTOPUSES AND OTHER SEA CREATURES at The Square Tower, Portsmouth

Octopuses and other Sea Creatures delves deep into the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft and his mysterious tale ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ as we explore mankind’s fear and misuse of the Ocean.

1 March 2019 at 8.30pm

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