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 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 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