Sea Sick

Theatre (science, solo show)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The ocean contains the switch of life. Not land, not the atmosphere. The ocean. And that switch can be turned off. The Theatre Centre presents Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell’s critically acclaimed production about climate change, and the state of the global ocean, which has toured Canada and the world. Experience this powerful story in which Mitchell uses science and delicate wit to tell us about her journey to the bottom of the ocean, the demons she discovered there, and her hope for the future. 'Terrifying, laugh-out-loud funny, and ultimately hopeful, Mitchell's Sea Sick is a must-see' (Vancouver Observer).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Enter through the main doors of the church.There are 10 steps into the space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Angelina Smolynec 91 days ago

From the use of music to scientific facts, this show is the most captivating I've seen so far. The best storyteller telling the most important story. Do yourself a favour and see this!

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

Sea Sick is a beautifully simple and affecting piece of storytelling about climate breakdown and the oceans - and about one woman's mission to understand the damage that's being done to our seas. It's an enchanting experience and worth seeing for the seasoned climate activist and the eco-novice alike.Alanna Mitchell...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

The sea is sick. Lots of the things in it are getting pretty sick too. Alanna Mitchell grew up on the prairies of Canada with a scientist dad and an artist mum. She learned to ask questions early on. Science finds stuff out, she tells us, and art gives it...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

With a turn of phrase, a detail—a dog on a prairie—Alana Mitchell can make you 'see'. You feel you are with her, learning the names of plants with her dad as she walks alongside him in her childhood, or in the work she's come to Edinburgh to discuss, snorkelling down...

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Radio Summerhall Reviews 93 days ago

A riveting but uncomfortable show – everyone needs to go and see it.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Sea Sick should be required watching for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Tayyip Erdoğan, Ivanka Trump, and Mohammed bin Salman and anyone else possibly in a position to do something.A chalk circle. A blackboard. Enter writer and reporter Alanna Mitchell, formerly of the Canadian Globe and Mail, with the promise: “This...

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Exeunt 97 days ago

Alanna Mitchell might call herself a ‘non-actor’, but she is undoubtedly a gifted storyteller. In her lecture-cum-performance Sea Sick, she diagnoses the current state of the oceans. She says they are the ‘switch of life’, the key to existence on earth. Her words and turns of phrase linger in the...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

According to journalist Alanna Mitchell, if we really want to understand the environmental crisis facing the planet, we need to look to the oceans. The oceans contain the switch of life. And they are not in a good state. The oceans are too hot; they’re too acidic. PH levels are...

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

Theatre directors and playwrights have been agonising for decades about the best way to bring the most pressing issue of our age – the effects of climate change – to the stage. Writer Alanna Mitchell has thrown all such worries out of the window: she rocks up with a few...

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The Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 102 days ago

Mitchell is endlessly enjoyable to listen to. She is a truly gifted storyteller and her passion for the planet and its uncertain future is clear as day. She manages to make the science accessible without it feeling like you’re back in your high school chemistry lab. This show is designed to hit you hard with the facts and agitate your wounds with the artistry. It compels you to think, to act, and ultimately to heal.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

Anyone who follows the science of climate change closely is probably deep-down uneasy and quite possibly horrified by the increasingly perilous state of our planet. But communicating that sense is not always easy.  Early on in her one-woman show Alanna Mitchell says that she’s not a scientist, nor an actor,...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

If you’ve heard of Extinction Rebellion then you’ll already have been informed of the terrifying global crisis we’re in the midst of. If you haven’t, then this show might just shake you to the core. In association with CanadaHub, The Theatre Centre presents Sea Sick, a one-woman play which sees...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 104 days ago

"I love to ask questions," says Sea Sick's Alanna Mitchell, who is at pains to point out she’s a journalist, not an actor. The daughter of a scientist and an artist, she grew up with a love not only of facts but also of storytelling, which must have stood her...

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The List (5/5 stars) 107 days ago

A masterclass in storytelling and a vital perspective on the climate crisis from acclaimed science journalist Alanna Mitchell...

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