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 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 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 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