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Once a Year on Blackpool Sands

From 6 critic and 18 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.



65
Manchester Theatre Awards

for a previous production "An uneven play; perhaps writer and director Karlton Parris has been inspired by the seaside setting to offset the drama with saucy humour...The gags are good but the routine goes on so long that the end of Act One is reached before the theme of the play has become clear. More significantly, the humour and the drama do not blend well together...Not a subtle play; the characters do not converse but rather make lengthy speeches at each other.” Full Review

55
BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production “A play that explores the deeply closeted lives of gay and transvestite men who seek refuge from their everyday lives. Whilst this is laudable, Parris’s play feels like three plays mashed into one...The first half is a mess, but in the second act some stronger storytelling begins to emerge...What the Americans will make of such a parochial play I can’t imagine, but there are several things that can be dealt with now to improve the production." Full Review


69
Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent, Romantic

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

67
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like plays about the gay experience, you are interested in British gay theater

Don't see it if you expect a clear storyline

Also This play from the fringe festival in UK still needs to be worked on. ... Read more Read less

62
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Cliched

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

61
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if don't really know why

Don't see it if not very well acted/staged and story was nothing. actually left during intermission

55
Slow, Disappointing

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.

50
Cliched, Dated, Excruciating

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.

50
Slow, Under produced, Predictable

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


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