ONCE A YEAR ON BLACKPOOL SANDS
The Buzz From Across The Pond
WINNER!! BEST of the fringe LGBTQ canal street award
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
great entertainment londontheatre
a tender gay love story set in a carry on film fairypowerd
remarkable balance between comedy and serious exploration
wonderful and funny performance by Linda Clark BRITISHTHEATRE
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
Mollie Jones, shines in every laugh out loud comedic moment .nervemagazine
wendy laurence james is a bright star as the quirky bee hive Joan Crawford adoring landlady Gladays review9
passionate and affecting. Kyle Brookes portrays the impact of Eddys troubled past with strength and integrity.
WENDY LAURENCE JAMES AND LINDA CLARK ARE BRILLIANT LONDONPUBTHEATRE
compelling, grabbing and thought-provoking piece
Cooper and Brookes play a relatable duo brilliantly,
an astounding piece of work BBC MANCHESTER
Direct from London and a UK tour this heartwarming Comedy Drama arrives Off-Broadway for a Hit and Run 8 SHOWS ONLY
.ONCE A YEAR ON BLACKPOOL SANDS
SIX PEOPLE ONE BRAVE ACT THE FIRST STEPS TOWARDS GAY PRIDE
Its summer 1953, not long after the Coronation, in a, frankly, shabby faded theatrical guest house on Blackpools 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), Gladyss 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. Tommys 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. Its about taking brave steps in a time when to love or express yourself this way was a crime. Its 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.
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