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A Heart At Sea by Half a String

A Heart At Sea

As part of the Hastings Storytelling Festival, A Heart At Sea is performed by Half A String, a collaboration between folk singer/songwriter, Avi Simmons and puppet maker and artist, Peter Morton. Following a tragedy, a young boy bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world as the hero tries to recover his heart. Naomi Robinson writes. 

Be enthralled by this haunting, epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale. Original song-writing is set to breathtaking visuals centred around a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story.

Avi Simmons

Avi Simmons

Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world created by the spectacular chest. Be astounded as backdrops flip up, pirouette and change, sending the boy tumbling through danger and discovery. Puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, caves, tiny boats, sea captains and beards.

The original songs, composed by Avi Simmons, knit together the atmospheric tale through live vocals, instruments and a loop station. The music sweeps through echoing soundscapes to create a visceral, heart-warming experience. Join our hero as he embarks on a wild, nautical journey to recover his missing heart. This is a piece of stunning visual storytelling and intimate gig-theatre that will resonate with all ages.

For all enquires about A Heart at Sea please email: or contact organisers, 18 Hours.

UnknownA Heart At Sea by Half A String : 4.30pm : Sandown School, TN34 2AA. FREE. Limited space – arrive early. Recommended for ages 7+ and beyond.

Also: Midday at The Stade on 12 November.

Half A String creates theatrical things that surprise and defy expectation by taking a life of their own. Proudly presents unique productions of visually stunning and heartfelt theatre. Intricate puppetry crossing generations to create truly memorable experiences. Powerful stories resonating through physical objects and live music.

A Heart At Sea

A Heart At Sea



Posted 09:20 Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 In: Performance

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