Live Theatre on Spanish Banks: Aug. 11-28

Watch out Bard on the Beach – Here comes theatre in the sand.

Starting today and continuing through Aug. 28, Spanish Banks beach will be the setting for a unique one-hour play titled Sea of Sand.  Staged by quirky Vancouver theatre company The Only Animal, the site-specific mystery will be presented daily around 7 p.m. at the far western end of the beach (near the dog beach). 

The play is about a man recovering from amnesia, the wife who doesn’t want to remember him and a mysterious woman who washes up on shore.  During the course of the hour-long performance (timed roughly to coincide with high tide), actors will cavort up and down the beach and into and out of the water.

The water, soaring North Shore mountains and distant profile of Bowen Island will form the backdrop for the performance.  And the steady stream of dog walkers, bikers and beachcombers along the sand will all be incorporated into the play.

Channels on the Spanish Banks

The action is accompanied by a cinematic soundtrack, amplified over speakers powered by solar panels and a bicycle-run generator.

Admission is by donation ($10-$20 is suggested).  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at The Only Animal website.  Because the play deals with adult themes, it’s not suggested for children under 12.

Finally, it’s a good idea to bring a jacket, as it tends to cool off quickly at Spanish Banks.  And don’t forget a beach chair or blanket so you can sit back and enjoy the show.  The play will be staged nightly around 7 p.m. at Spanish Banks West, at the very far end of the beach (Look for the white tents).

Has anyone seen Sea of Sand on Spanish Banks?  How was it?

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