Tell Tale Hearts present the Nottingham Playhouse production of Wave

A rich and colourful show inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Wave explores the relationship between a parent and their child as they reach adulthood and leave home…

Set on an Island, where Dad is a weather scientist, Wave explores the sensory world of the weather, the workshop and the beach. Miranda has a dilemma, she loves Dad, but she is an adult now and ready to leave home. How can she tell him without hurting his feelings?

Performed for small audiences in a purpose-built theatre, and featuring live music, singing and digital projection, this play offers a unique experience rich in action, colour, sound, touch and emotion. A vibrant multi-sensory play for young people (11 – 26 years) with autism, PMLD or SLD and their companions.

We would like to thank all our lovely crowd-funders who helped to support the tour of Wave.

Andrew Harvey, Andrew Jackson, Blanca Astill, Caroline Todd, Charlotte, Chez Dunford, Clara Thomas, David & Carolyn Crossland, David Windle, Emma Hirons, Frazer Flintham, Gavin Dobson, Haruka Kuroda, Jamie Bridgeman, Jon Price, Kitty Parker, Malcolm Todd, Matt Gaunt, Montse Gili, Rachel Ross, Relative Accountancy Ltd, Rich Holland, Rose Turner, Ruth Churchill Dower, Sarah Butler, VJ Stewart.

Audience Feedback

"I have taught pupils with SEN and autism for many years and this was by far the best theatre performance for my students that I have ever seen."

Senior teacher, Hilltop Special School

"It was enchanting! Carefully guided them through the gamut of emotions."

Head teacher at Rowedford School

"Excellent performance. Simple, interactive and multi-sensory"

Independent carer

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Merrily, merrily shall we live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough
Ye walk on sands with printless foot
My chick be free and fare you well

Shakespeare, used for the Sailing Away song in Wave

Show Credits

Produced by The Nottingham Playhouse
Writer: Gill Brigg
Director: Natasha Holmes
Designer: Sophia Lovell Smith
Composer/Musical Director: Matt Marks
Stage Manager/Facilitator: Ali Bakewell
Assistant Director: Rachel Ross
Photography: Robert Day
Videographer: Will Simpson (Omni Pictures)
Slide Show/Consultant: Kitty Parker


Miranda: Phoebe Kemp
Dad: James Austin Harvey
Bird/Musician: Matt Marks

Show Info

Available from April – end June 2016 for theatres, community spaces and special schools. Minimum 3 day Booking. The show tours in a micro theatre of approx 7m (width) x 10m (length) x 3m (height)

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