20 May, 2019

Jump on board! Summer Holiday opens this week

As temperatures sizzle in the Perthshire Highlands, it’s the perfect time to think about, getting away from it all to the stunning riverside surroundings of Pitlochry Festival Theatre. So, get on the Pitlochry Bus and hit the road for the happiest, hit-filled Summer Holiday – the all-singing, all-dancing, feel-good musical of them all, opening this Friday, 24 May, 8pm

Following smash audience figures for last year’s Summer and Winter musicals, Chicago and The Wizard Of Oz, the creative team are bringing the stage adaptation of one of the most popular movies of the 60s - immortalised by Cliff Richard and The Shadows - right into the heart of Scotland as, Pitlochry Bus Driver Don, whisks his workmates away on a borrowed bus across Europe.

Elizabeth Newman, opening her first Season as Artistic Director at the theatre, and co-directing Summer Holiday along with Ben Occhipinti, tells us:

“Summer Holiday is joyful! We’ve worked hard to make it as fresh and vibrant as it was when it was first produced in 1963. Like its music – the production  needs to be inspiring! But also, this piece really does offer an opportunity to be in dialogue with audiences about the world; to discuss how freedom of travel affords us the chance to be truly connected people. To show how being part of Europe, and therefore the world, is vitally important for young people to thrive, especially those who are hungry to explore our glorious planet.”

Ben adds: “Summer Holiday is a hopeful piece about young people leaving their home town and having an adventure. Because of where we are right now politically, it feels vital to tell this story.”

The ensemble for Summer Holiday are consummate actor musicians, accomplished in their particular instruments so, as in the iconic movie, the performers are also the band, bursting into song and playing as their journey rolls along, in the films big numbers such as Bachelor Boy, On the Beach, Summer Holiday of course, as well as bonus Cliff classics like Move It and The Young Ones.

One of Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s exciting additions to the season this year is a mini-touring aspect to the show. Elizabeth explains:

“We took the decision to go on tour around Highland Perthshire Communities in September, on Elizabeth Yule Buses, as mentioned in the show. We will do Pop-up Performances, aiming to connect and bring joy to as many lives as possible, to meet people who may not be able to get here due to health or isolation, or others who may not even know we exist yet. Highlighting our passion to be a Theatre for All, as well as a Theatre for a Lifetime.”

The Theatre is also proudly joining the Luminate Festival for the first time year. Luminate is Scotland's creative ageing organisation - celebrating creativity as we age – and runs a diverse programme of creative events and activities throughout the year. The Luminate Festival covers arts activities aimed at older people, or that have a theme related to ageing, and brings together older people and those from across the generations to celebrate our creativity, share stories of ageing and explore what growing older means to all of us.

Luminate website visitors and brochure readers will get an exclusive discount for the opening week of Summer Holiday, 24-31 May

So, pack up your suitcases, break out the sunglasses and join the beach party. As Ben says: After all, we know it’s what Cliff would want!”

To book your seats for the most joyful musical in Scotland this Summer. Call the Box Office team on 01796 484 626, or click here to book online.

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