The lives of these six ordinary working class people will be changed forever this one night in Blackpool in the summer of 1953. A story about acceptance, being true to who you are and the fight to love who you wish to love. More…
"Once a Year on Blackpool Sands" is about taking brave steps in a time when to love or express yourself this way was a crime. It’s about family ties and the using of “End of the Pier” comedy to mask the feelings and hidden hurts of the six misfits who join together and take, what might well have been, the first walk towards Gay Pride in England.
See it if If your intrested in gay History in England. If you like British plays.
Don't see it if Badly directed plays where cast is barely audible. Bad sight lines for a tiny space.
See it if you're curious about early LGBT history in England & the summer "walk" at Blackpool Sands, want to see a show from Britain with English cast
Don't see it if don't like single room set for many rooms, lengthy blackouts without music, anachronistic references, varying acting styles or tidy endings
See it if you'd enjoy a based-on-a-true-story raunchy play, sometimes raw, sometimes poignant; a bit moving & sweet. Historical (did NOT feel dated).
Don't see it if you can't handle the raunch. Grandma goes at it w/F-bombs, etc. right from the start. Everyone else follows right along. Acting is just ok.
See it if Naturalistic, and at times raw. Historical yet relevant. Beautiful and unpretentious use of the English language.
Don't see it if Unrefined, but that's ok.
See it if you're willing to be patient for a rewarding conclusion (better 2nd act) and accept that it's low-budget with uneven acting and direction.
Don't see it if you expect more of an off-off-Broadway show than you do of what is otherwise merely a noteworthy festival entry.
See it if you like true stories about LGBT history.
Don't see it if you're expecting competent performances, writing, or direction. Amateurish is an exaggerated compliment. Keep Calm and Stay Away
See it if you like character study plays that take place in the 50's
Don't see it if Very slow first act with no sense of conflict. About 1/3 of the audience left at intermission. The second act got a bit better.
See it if you are a gay pride history buff.
Don't see it if you can't sit in the 1st row. The cast does not project much. The story is extremely predictable. the production values are minimal
See it if You want to see a great little play about the LGBTQ community and the start of the resistance in the UK.
Don't see it if You do not want to see a story about the LGBTQ experience in the UK. The play is in a small theater and sometimes hard to see.
See it if You want a look at an untold gay story from 1953. You can understand Yorkshire accents. Want to understand bravery and sadness of those days
Don't see it if Can't understand Yorkshire accents. Don't have patience to follow a pretty slow story.
See it if you want to see a play about acceptance and being true to yourself (as stated in the program) in a very different time.
Don't see it if you don't like gay themed plays and ones which require careful attention.
See it if you're interested in plays that explore gay themes, especially acceptance, and themes about finding meaning in empty lives
Don't see it if you're looking for a light evening of theatre or you're not interested in plays dealing with fighting for gay rights
See it if you want to experience closeted gay life decades ago in Britain while appreciating the depth of seemingly simple folk
Don't see it if you demand excellent acting from all involved or want top-notch stage directing
See it if r gay, like Brits and appreciate a romantic love story that's dysfunctional. Act 1 is near unbearable. Yet Act 2 works very well.
Don't see it if Staging, structure need help. Actors NEED mics since they speak way too low and the accents prove difficult. Act 2 grounds the story FINALLY
See it if If you like British plays, if you enjoy fascinating stories, if you care about gay theatre
Don't see it if if you don't like British plays, if you don't care about gay theatre, if good stories bother you