ONCE A YEAR ON BLACKPOOL SANDS
THE LOFT AT THE DAVENPORT THEATRE 4TH-9TH SEPTEMBER 2018
SIX PEOPLE ONE BRAVE ACT THE FIRST STEPS TOWARDS GAY PRIDE
Award Winning skint productions creators of Queer Film Theatre Music and soon to be Television arrive Off-Broadway for just 8 shows only!!
Its summer 1953, not long after the Coronation, in a, frankly, shabby faded theatrical guest house on Blackpool’s North Pier. Ex showgirl, and Joan Crawford adoring, Gladys (Wendy Laurence James) is trying to get the place ready for her guests. But first she has to contend with her mother, the foul mouthed, once notorious, Red Ethel (Linda Clark), the self styled, Communist showgirl slut, who is now recovering from a mild stroke. The mother and daughter hold simmering resentments and battle old grudges.
Meanwhile, sweet natured, if a bit on the flighty side, Maureen (Mollie Jones), Gladys’s disappointing daughter, dreams of escape while upstairs we find Mr James Elbridge (Dominic McCavish), a married transvestite, mustering up the courage to walk along the prom from North to South pier as a woman and having not one but three female alter egos battling for a walk outside.
Into this strange and, at times, alarming establishment come Tommy Price (Macaulay Cooper) and Eddy Corkhill (Kyle Brookes) a pair of Yorkshire miners ready to enjoy the annual pit close Wakes holiday, chasing scrubbers down the North Pier and drinking beer. However, in a secret reality, one hidden from friends and family, the pair are lovers who get just one chance to be together once a year in Blackpool.
Based on an inspirational true story, the lives of these six ordinary working class people will be changed forever this one night in Blackpool. Tommy’s naivety and bewildering innocence will be shattered as Eddy reveals a terrible confession. And a heartbreaking truth will finally spill from within as Eddy reveals the demons he has been fighting all his life.
This is a powerful story about acceptance, being true to who you are and the fight to love who you wish to love. It’s 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.
Created by: Karlton Parris
Directed by: Karlton Parris
Orchestrations by: David Jones
Scenic Design: Craig Standen Productions
Costume Design: Juliet Jones
Lighting Design: Craig Standen
Sound Design: Craig Standen
General Management: Skint Productions
THE BUZZ FROM THE UK
great entertainment londontheatre
a tender gay love story set in a carry on film fairypowerd
Wendy Laurence James and Linda Clark mesmerise THESPYINTHESTALLS
Dominic McCavish. is wonderfully versatile LONDONPUBTHEATRE
Mollie Jones, shines in every laugh out loud comedic moment .nervemagazine
a wonderful and funny performance by Linda Clark BRITISHTHEATRE
Macaulay Cooper utterly convincing THESPYINTHESTALLS
WENDY LAURENCE JAMES AND LINDA CLARK ARE BRILLIANT LONDONPUBTHEATRE
remarkable balance between comedy and serious exploration
Dominic McCavish is outstanding fairypowerd
an astounding piece of work BBC MANCHESTER
compelling, grabbing and thought-provoking piece
Cooper and Brookes play a relatable duo brilliantly,
brookes and cooper are eletric ATTITUDE
As a summer treat, Once A Year on Blackpool Sands, is definitely something to book up for. It is funny, surprisingly political and full of revelations .ATTITUDE
wendy laurence james is a bright star as the quirky bee hive Joan Crawford adoring landlady Gladys review9
MACAUALY COOPER IS FANTASTIC, UTTERLY CONVINCING ATTITUDE
passionate and affecting. Kyle Brookes portrays the impact of Eddy’s troubled past with strength and integrity.
Linda Clark as Red Ethel is brilliant as the foul-mouthed, faded radical with plenty of vim still left in her. Clark relishes the language and lands every joke in her punchy dialogue. ATTITUDE
We owe the Eddys, Tommys and Mr. Elbridges of that time a huge debt, and to the people who supported them. At the end the audience were on their feet and the ovation was justified. Canal Street