From a rock shop to an Afghanistan mountain

Britannia Waves The Rules, a story partly set in Blackpool will get its resort premiere next month
Britannia Waves The Rules, a story partly set in Blackpool will get its resort premiere next month
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The journey of a young man from the ‘rock shops of Blackpool to the mountains of Afghanistan’ is to be performed in the resort for the first time.

In partnership with the prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, Britannia Waves The Rules will be staged by LeftCoast at Blackpool And The Fylde College University Centre next month.

The award-winning play is described as a ‘poetic portrait of Carl, a young man adrift in his home town of Blackpool, is an intense and transfixing account of a journey from the rock-filled shops of Blackpool to the mountains of Afghanistan.’

A spokesman said, of the plot: “There’s nowhere to go and nothing to do.

“Carl can’t get a job, there are no jobs to get, and even if there was he doesn’t want it.

“So when the army comes calling and promises to show Carl the world he runs full-pelt out of town and into the unknown, a decision that will change him forever.”

The play premiered at the Royal Exchange last year, after winning the judges award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and is now on a UK tour.

LeftCoast artistic director Michael Trainor said: “This is a rare opportunity for people to see this award-winning piece of theatre right here in Blackpool.

“I saw it at the Edinburgh Festival last year and it left a deep impression on me.

“The fact that part of the show is set in the town will only add to its impact and we’re sure that young people especially will relate to many of the feelings experienced by Carl.”

The performance, on Monday, October 5, marks the start of a new link between arts body LeftCoast and the college, with the aim of giving performing arts students as well as residents the opportunities to see a wider range of work on their doorstep.

Students will also take part in workshops and an after-show talk to find out more about the play.

Anthony Dalnas, from the college, said: “We’re very much looking forward to having Britannia Waves The Rules at the University Centre and making these opportunities from LeftCoast available to our students.”

Visit or call (01253) 290190 to book tickets, costing £6, for Britannia Waves the Rules.