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Blackpool, What A Sh*t Place To Die

Written by Phil Pearson
Directed by Grace Cordell
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RUNNING TIME / NOTICES: 55mins (no interval)

Meet Billy Costello. He’s a young, gay, depressed, autistic actor with a drink and drug problem.

After being outed in Aldi’s fruit and veg aisle, Billy’s family turn against him and he goes on a disastrous drink and drugs bender. With going home no longer an option, Billy jumps on the first train out of town – to Blackpool.

In a heartwarming and heartbreaking lost weekend, Billy looks back on his life and sees no hope. He walks out into the Irish Sea with no intention of ever coming out. But all is not lost. Friendship and love come calling to remind him of who he is and can be again.

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Phil Pearson

Phil Pearson is an award-winning playwright, whose seven plays have been performed in Ireland and across England in the past four years. He is also a journalist and has worked for the BBC, The Guardian and The Independent. Now living in Manchester, Phil is originally from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Dates

Artistic Team
Writer
Phil Pearson
Director
Grace Cordell
Sound Designer
Lorna Munden
Cast
Cast
Mark Newsome
Northern Soul Review: Blackpool – What a Sh*t Place to Die (Three Minute Theatre, Manchester) ★★★★ By Helen Nugent
Posted on 24 July 2018

"a real emotional roller-coaster... Newsome portrays Billy with truth, integrity, clarity and a real passion... Writer Phil Pearson has delivered a tight and fast-moving script."

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Fairy Powered Review: Blackpool – What a Sh*t Place to Die (Three Minute Theatre, Manchester) ★★★★ By Angela Hazeldine
Posted on 20 July 2018

"the epitome of a dark comedy... engaging, humorous, heart breaking"

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Reviews

“a real emotional roller-coaster… Newsome portrays Billy with truth, integrity, clarity and a real passion.” ★★★★ – Northern Soul

“a powerful and witty study of a troubled character with a strong performance and vivid direction.” – British Theatre Guide

“the epitome of a dark comedy… engaging, humorous, heart breaking” ★★★★ – Fairy Powered

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