Sea of Sand Picnic Prize Pack

Comments 80 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Outdoor movies are all the rage in Vancouver this summer but there’s a different form of open-air entertainment hitting Spanish Banks. Sea of Sand premiered at the beach this past weekend and the theatrical production will run until August 28, 2011.

Photo courtesy of The Only Animal

The play follows a trio of characters: a man recovering from amnesia, the wife who doesn’t want him to remember, and a woman who washes up out of the sea, a shadowy figure from their past. Memory and desire are the twin rip tides at work in this lost-and-found story. What if forgetting is safer than remembering?

The soundtrack is provided by pedal and solar power (bicycle-run generators and sunshine) and the play takes place entirely at the beach, in and out of the water.

Doors (although there aren’t really any doors, or a curtain for that matter) are at 7:00pm, about an hour before sunset. Admission is by donation (although $10-$20 is suggested) and does deal with mature themes so it’s recommended only for those 12 and up. Warm clothing is recommended and chairs or blankets to sit on are welcome. You can reserve your spot now through The Only Animal’s website and find out more about the production on The Only Animal’s Facebook page.

In case a night of theatre at the beach –watching breaking waves as the sun sets and lights up the North Shore mountains– isn’t already enough of an ideal summer evening for you, I have a special contest prize pack up for grabs. The winner will receive up to tickets to the show as well as a catered meal for up to four people courtesy of Emelle’s Catering. From fresh organic greens and roast turkey to grilled BC sockeye salmon, the winner will be able to select their menu and enjoy their picnic on the beach prior to the evening’s production of Sea of Sand.

If you would like to win this gourmet picnic and night of theatre on the beach (valued at $200) here’s how you can enter to win:

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  • I entered to win tickets to ‘Sea of Sand’ at Spanish Banks & a gourmet picnic from @EmellesCatering & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:30am, Thursday, August 18 2011. The winner will be able to attend the performance of their choice before the end of the run August 28th with up to three guests. They will also be able to select their menu, from three available options.

    Update The winner is Shauna!

    Update contributor Michelle Kim had the opportunity to see the play. Here is her write-up about the performance:

    I love site-specific theatre and this summer, The Only Animal will be performing Sea of Sand on Spanish Banks. The play is about memory and centers around a man who is recovering from amnesia as he tries to piece together his past.

    Written and co-directed Eric Rhys Miller says what makes this play unique is how vast the playing space is. “The piece test the boundaries of how large a space you can work with. We are currently working with hundreds of meters of space.”

    Sea of Sand has been in the workshop process for years to see how to get around the technical difficulties of performing in such a large space and in and out of water. Miller says they’ve succeeded and hopes the audience will be pleased.

    “We’re hoping that’ll it’ll be a little more that night of theatre and people will leave seeing space and the world around them a little differently because they just saw a performance someone where they didn’t expect to.”

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    1. SydneyMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 11:01am PDT


    2. RachelleMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 11:39am PDT

      This sounds amazing!

    3. JadeMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 11:46am PDT

      Looks great!

    4. vickyMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 11:51am PDT

      how fun!!

    5. Jessica R.FMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 11:53am PDT

      This would be an incredible thing to win! Very Vancouver, too:)

    6. Lois PattersonMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 11:54am PDT

      This has to be one of the most beautiful spots in Vancouver.

    7. KarenMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 12:00pm PDT

      I would love to check this out.

    8. LauraMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 12:02pm PDT


    9. Samantha ClarkMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 12:06pm PDT

      I really wanna win this one!

    10. soniaMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 12:08pm PDT

      would love to experience this – crossing my fingers

    11. EmilyMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 12:16pm PDT

      what an incredible evening!

    12. JoelMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 2:08pm PDT

      Sounds great!

    13. MichelleMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 2:29pm PDT

      What a great idea for a theatre production!

    14. taniaMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 2:34pm PDT

      that would be amazing

    15. rinoMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 2:59pm PDT

      sounds like an amazing evening

    16. SteveMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 3:04pm PDT

      Good Idea!

    17. SadieMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 3:07pm PDT

      Can’t wait to see this show!

    18. AdrienneMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 3:13pm PDT

      I love these actors. They always bring something new, amazing and unique to their performances. And site-specific theatre ROCKS. Can’t wait to see it!

    19. SanazMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 3:15pm PDT

      I would love to win this prize

    20. BaileyMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 3:28pm PDT

      This sounds like such a great and unique play! and Emelles catering! Cant go wrong! Thanks for this opportunity!

    21. mariaMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 3:44pm PDT

      Great prize!!

    22. StephanieMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 4:10pm PDT

      This sounds like such a great event. would love to go.

    23. JeffMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 4:16pm PDT

      would love to win it sounds incredible.

    24. GladysMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 5:00pm PDT

      Sounds like a great way to spend an evening with friends.

    25. BrendaMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 5:14pm PDT

      Wow sounds like a great theatre production! Best part is its backdrop!

    26. BJMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 6:22pm PDT

      Theatre & the beach – great combo!

    27. Michelle W.Monday, August 15th, 2011 — 6:54pm PDT

      Such a great idea! I’ll be going whether I win or not!

    28. HayleyMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 7:10pm PDT


    29. Christina CMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 7:33pm PDT

      Site-specific theatre is the bomb; this crew of creators and performers, amazing. Who wouldn’t want to see “Memento + Little Mermaid” on a sunset beach? I’d be thrilled to win this chance!

    30. BonnieMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 11:49pm PDT

      Sounds like a fun evening, great food and entertainment

    31. CatharineMonday, August 15th, 2011 — 11:59pm PDT

      I’ve entered!

    32. David D.Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 9:14am PDT

      Sounds great! 🙂

    33. MichelleTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 9:33am PDT

      Sounds fabulous. Pick me 🙂

    34. ChristineTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 9:54am PDT

      What a cool concept!

    35. AndreTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 9:55am PDT

      Beach picnic, and a play to top it off!

    36. Ruby ThaparTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:26am PDT

      sounds fun!

    37. Ronald DesJardinsTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:38am PDT

      Sounds fun!

    38. LiamTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:42am PDT

      Cor blimey, sounds like one of the best nights this city has to offer this entire summer! Wow.

    39. DeidreTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:25pm PDT

      this sounds amazing – and dinner too!

    40. AmyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:34pm PDT

      I love creative theatre!

    41. AmyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:43pm PDT

      What a wonderful idea for enjoying summer!

    42. marisaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 2:31pm PDT

      Looks amazing 🙂

    43. JenniferTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 6:02pm PDT

      What a novel idea!

    44. DorothyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 8:08pm PDT

      Unique prize. Thanks for posting this one.

    45. TracyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 9:34pm PDT

      That looks like an amazing event!

    46. TaraTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:01pm PDT

      It would be superfantastical to win 🙂

    47. lindaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:05pm PDT

      What a cool idea for theater! Sounds like fun and picnic to go with is perfect.

    48. tracyWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 8:41am PDT

      i do love picnics!

    49. jaynieWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 9:00am PDT

      that would be fantastic……hope i win

    50. MarlisWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 9:12am PDT

      Sounds like FUN!

    51. ChristinaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 9:30am PDT

      Sounds like a great time.

    52. CameronWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 9:52am PDT

      Sounds like a really nice evening.

    53. KatWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:04am PDT

      Such a beautiful area!

    54. gail whitworthWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:11am PDT

      My husband and I have been so busy fighting cancer since last summer we have forgotten about romance and entertainment. This would be nice.

    55. auWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:17am PDT

      i want to texperience open entertainment, why not?

    56. kelsWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:34am PDT

      sounds romantic 🙂

    57. shaunaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:38am PDT

      oh!! spanish banks…lost memories, mysterious beach ladies, picnics, fresh and salty…love the arts in vancouver. xo.

    58. PriscillaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:38am PDT

      This sounds so interesting!

    59. DarylWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:41pm PDT

      Hope I win!

    60. JanelleWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:14pm PDT

      Sounds blissful!

    61. MariaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 2:21pm PDT

      Outside movies – perfect summer fun!

    62. TeresaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 4:16pm PDT

      I’d love to win.

    63. DilaraWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 4:38pm PDT

      I love picnics! Would love to win this.

    64. AnabelWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 5:48pm PDT

      Sounds like fun!

    65. Tina L.Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 7:12pm PDT

      I would love to see this!

    66. Dennis L.Thursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:44am PDT

      Friends, catered meal, and theatre? In the wise words of my childhood friend, Ronald McDonald, “Food, folks, and fun!”

    67. Kristi FergusonThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:16am PDT

      This sounds so relaxing, just what I need! Picnics rock.

    68. hoThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:17am PDT

      I’ll get my pica-nic basket

    69. JessicaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:18am PDT

      Sounds fun!!

    70. SamanthaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:18am PDT

      This looks awesome! Kind of reminds me of Boca del Lupa’s “roving” plays they used to have at Stanley Park.

    71. JosephThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:19am PDT


    72. KatherineThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:22am PDT

      Oh wow, great prize. Just saw this … enter me please 🙂

    73. MikeThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:23am PDT

      Sounds pretty awesome! Great contest.

    74. janetThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:24am PDT

      I love picnics!

    75. Jenny L.Thursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:26am PDT

      Sounds like a great prize!

    76. Wendy TThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:26am PDT

      What a great way to spend a summer evening in Vancouver.

    77. chuckThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:26am PDT

      i want to win

    78. KristinaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:27am PDT

      This sounds like a very fun experience!

    79. sherThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:27am PDT

      I love sand sculptures and the best beach in the world!!!

    80. BernadetteThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:53pm PDT

      Would love to win this package, I recently went to Holland Park for their outdoor movies with all my lady friends and our kids and it was fantastic! Would love to win and actually have a picnic on the beach, this would be a great package to win!

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