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Monday, August 15th, 2011 — 10:55am PDT
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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. Rachelle says:

      This sounds amazing!

    2. Jade says:

      Looks great!

    3. vicky says:

      how fun!!

    4. Jessica R.F says:

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

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

    6. Karen says:

      I would love to check this out.

    7. Laura says:


    8. Samantha Clark says:

      I really wanna win this one!

    9. sonia says:

      would love to experience this – crossing my fingers

    10. Emily says:

      what an incredible evening!

    11. Joel says:

      Sounds great!

    12. Michelle says:

      What a great idea for a theatre production!

    13. tania says:

      that would be amazing

    14. rino says:

      sounds like an amazing evening

    15. Steve says:

      Good Idea!

    16. Sadie says:

      Can’t wait to see this show!

    17. Adrienne says:

      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!

    18. Sanaz says:

      I would love to win this prize

    19. Bailey says:

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

    20. maria says:

      Great prize!!

    21. Stephanie says:

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

    22. Jeff says:

      would love to win it sounds incredible.

    23. Gladys says:

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

    24. Brenda says:

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

    25. BJ says:

      Theatre & the beach – great combo!

    26. Michelle W. says:

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

    27. Christina C says:

      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!

    28. Bonnie says:

      Sounds like a fun evening, great food and entertainment

    29. David D. says:

      Sounds great! ๐Ÿ™‚

    30. Michelle says:

      Sounds fabulous. Pick me ๐Ÿ™‚

    31. Christine says:

      What a cool concept!

    32. Andre says:

      Beach picnic, and a play to top it off!

    33. Ruby Thapar says:

      sounds fun!

    34. Liam says:

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

    35. Deidre says:

      this sounds amazing – and dinner too!

    36. Amy says:

      I love creative theatre!

    37. Amy says:

      What a wonderful idea for enjoying summer!

    38. marisa says:

      Looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

    39. Jennifer says:

      What a novel idea!

    40. Dorothy says:

      Unique prize. Thanks for posting this one.

    41. Tracy says:

      That looks like an amazing event!

    42. Tara says:

      It would be superfantastical to win ๐Ÿ™‚

    43. linda says:

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

    44. tracy says:

      i do love picnics!

    45. jaynie says:

      that would be fantastic……hope i win

    46. Marlis says:

      Sounds like FUN!

    47. Christina says:

      Sounds like a great time.

    48. Cameron says:

      Sounds like a really nice evening.

    49. Kat says:

      Such a beautiful area!

    50. gail whitworth says:

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

    51. au says:

      i want to texperience open entertainment, why not?

    52. kels says:

      sounds romantic ๐Ÿ™‚

    53. shauna says:

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

    54. Priscilla says:

      This sounds so interesting!

    55. Janelle says:

      Sounds blissful!

    56. Maria says:

      Outside movies – perfect summer fun!

    57. Teresa says:

      I’d love to win.

    58. Dilara says:

      I love picnics! Would love to win this.

    59. Anabel says:

      Sounds like fun!

    60. Tina L. says:

      I would love to see this!

    61. Dennis L. says:

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

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

    63. ho says:

      I’ll get my pica-nic basket

    64. Jessica says:

      Sounds fun!!

    65. Samantha says:

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

    66. Joseph says:


    67. Katherine says:

      Oh wow, great prize. Just saw this … enter me please ๐Ÿ™‚

    68. Mike says:

      Sounds pretty awesome! Great contest.

    69. janet says:

      I love picnics!

    70. Jenny L. says:

      Sounds like a great prize!

    71. Wendy T says:

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

    72. chuck says:

      i want to win

    73. Kristina says:

      This sounds like a very fun experience!

    74. sher says:

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

    75. Bernadette says:

      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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