Aug 11 2013

In Blackpool with the Woods!

Well, another good day on an slsolutions event.  This time it was a trip to Blackpool for a matinee performance of Priscilla – Queen of the desert with guests travelling from Thornton, Preston, Accrington, Blackburn and Bolton.

We arrived by bus, train and lift and met in The West Coast Rock Cafe on Abingdon Street. Here there’s something for everybody and the food we chose ranged from garlic mushrooms, Burritos, a combo plate, pasta bake and a boring burger (no, really! it’s called a “boring burger” on the menu).

The music is loud enough to give plenty of atmosphere but not too loud so that you can’t have a conversation and the drink we consumed ranged from water through bottled beer and continued into liqueurs!

A short walk (about 1 minute to be precise!!) to the Opera House Theatre in the Winter Gardens and we found our seats (stage left of the stalls).  With only 2 minutes to go the theatre was barely occupied and, by the time the curtain came up 5 minutes late, only a 1/3 of seats had been taken.  It was unbelievable – Blackpool in the height of the summer holidays – I have never in my life seen a theatre so empty.

But.  The show must go on…and go on it did!

Over the next 150 minutes we were singing and clapping and jigging in our seats (well, some in the isles actually).  We were woo’d with the campest, shiniest, most colourful show I have seen for many a year.  The interval found us giddy with enjoyment as yet another disco classic brought the first half to a close.

The story is good with plenty of rip roaring comedy moments and heart-wrenching tear-jerking ones too.  It really is a feel good show with lots well known hits to sing-a-long to.

The empty seats around us did not affect our enjoyment of the show – although maybe our appreciation was not as loud it would have been from a full house.

Please support you local theatres – otherwise they may not be around in the future.  If you would like to got to the theatre or on other outings, but have no-one to go with then maybe you would like to join us on a future event?  If so, please get in touch here – we are a friendly bunch and welcome any newcomers.

Our next planned show is Wicked on 3rd October but this is sold out.  Next availability (at the time of publication) is for Cabaret at the Opera House on 19th October 2013 (this show features Will Young as Emcee – Winner, Newcomer of the year 2013)