To the Ocean

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“BlackBox have absolutely triumphed in their attempt to create a modern fairytale. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” – Owl Eyes.

“Magic isn’t real. That’s the first thing that you should know – and if the choice to begin our fairy story in this way is a bit shocking to you, that’s because. Well. This isn’t like any other fairy story you’ve heard before.”

In November 2017, BoxedIn theatre teemed up with BlackBox devising company to create To the Ocean, a short piece of site-specific theatre inspired by the Selkie myth. It took a modern, feminist angle, exploring social understandings of single-parent families through the lense of myth and magic. It focused on the Selkie’s daughter, who grew up exclusively with her father, and re-cast the Selkie as a doctor who decided to leave her family and focus on her career. All of this took place in the intimate setting of St Andrews’ very own harbour café to an audience of 17 each night.

We only performed for 3 days – but the performance lived on! In the summer of 2018, To the Ocean toured as part of our Back of the Van trilogy before coming with us to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Quite exciting for such a cute little play!