Life’s A Beach! (2017)


A brand new show premiering in July 2017 through a partnership between Black Country Touring and So Festival in Skegness. The show will draw on stories of seasonal visitors and year round residents.

Three caravans, in each a different world, but part of an experience shared across cultures – the British seaside resort. Enter a seafront arcade, pulsing with neon and filled with sounds of the slots and bingo. Your caller clad in his Elvis outfit, tells stories of moving to this town “so every day can be a holiday”, whilst his assistant dreams of singing, of dazzling the audience with her voice.

Book yourself into the caravan from hell. We’ve all been there, and so has everyone else. The tell-tale signs of the previous holidaymakers are all too obvious and what lurks in the cupboards is anyone’s guess – the seagull with a beak like a razor, the wetsuit that won’t lie down and… is this place really haunted?

Finally, amongst all the grot and the glitz, meet true local heroes – the lifeboat crew. Take your place at the sea’s edge and stare into the oily black water, following the light that searches the sea. Their stories, both funny and tragic, fill the space between. The Indian Miss World on a boat, of children rescued at sea – and some that aren’t…

The show is made from interviews with people from the Black Country and Skegness and presented in three specially converted caravans.

Get Involved: Find out how you can share your seaside stories and images for the project by clicking here (see some shared below):

Supported by Magna Vitae , Creative Black Country, & Arts Council England.

Touring Dates:

So Festival
Skegness1st & 2nd July 2017

Bantock House Museum & Park
Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ, 7th, 8th, 9th July 2017

Lightwood’s House & Park
Adkins Lane, Bearwood, B67 5JB, 14th, 15th, 16th July 2017

More dates to be confirmed….