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Once a Year on Blackpool Sands

From 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.

Member Reviews (18)


Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

Excruciating, Low budget, Horrid acting, Terrible writing, Disappointing

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

Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in early LGBTQ issues in mid-century England.

Don't see it if You have little tolerance for barely audible, poorly plotted kitchen sink drama.

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June 16th, 2018
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...
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July 20th, 2018
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 ...
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July 12th, 2018
for a previous production “The basic premise of the play has a lot of comedic potential and much of it is realized...There is some difficulty of tone between the two parts of the play, and this becomes more apparent in the second half...But overall, Parry’s script convinces. The direction was a bit cumbersome, allowing th...
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June 18th, 2018
for a previous production "Although shrill at times, the play tries to stay realistic in its depiction of life in the fifties, staying away from nostalgia and portraying both the mental and societal oppression the LGBT community had to endure...The play shines through its acting...Although Parris’ script is certainly a st...
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