Once a Year on Blackpool Sands Sound Design Craig Standen

In the spring of 2018 in, Blackpool, England I made some sound recording. These were combined with archive recordings to create a unique sound design that was fitting to the 1950s. This was taken to New York and preformed off-broadway…

Once a Year on Blackpool Sands Sound Design Craig Standen

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In the spring of 2018 in, Blackpool, England I made some sound recording. These were combined with archive recordings to create a unique sound design that was fitting to the 1950s. This was taken to New York and preformed off-broadway at the Davenport

Set in Blackpool, England, 1953, not long after Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, this real-life story is packed with gritty Northern comedy coupled with a heartbreaking emotional punch. Yorkshire miners Eddy and Tommy head to Blackpool with most of their town for the annual Pit Close Wakes holiday. However, Eddy had almost missed the bus and turns up with no suitcase. Now the lads have checked into the surprisingly empty Withering Heights on Sea guesthouse, run by the caustic and alarmingly odd Gladys, her rebellious and very flirty daughter Maureen, and the infamous Red Ethel, ex-communist stripper show girl. Upstairs, Mr. Elbridge is trying to muster the courage to unleash any of his three female alter egos and walk the fabled transvestite walk from north to south pier as a woman. As events unfold, six lives will be changed forever, and as Eddy reveals a shocking truth, it will lead to a lifetime of activism: the fight for equality and freedom for the LGBT community.

The play ends with what was probably the first gay pride march in the UK, as they walk the length of Blackpool pier. On stage this is a surreal experience as video combined transferring the action in to a modern march.

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