IN THE COUNTRY • SUMMER HOLIDAY
THE YOUNG ONES • DANCING SHOES
BACHELOR BOY • THE NEXT TIME • MOVE IT
ON THE BEACH • DO YOU WANNA DANCE
During a wet Scottish summer, Pitlochry bus driver Don whisks his workmates away on a borrowed bus, in search of sunshine and fun in Athens!
Along the way, the mechanics pick up a stowaway, rescue stranded singing trio Do-Re-Mi and fall in love!
One of the most popular movies of the 60s, immortalised by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, make sure you jump on board and sing along with the happiest, hit-filled, feel-good musical of your summer holiday.
Look out for news about our Theatre Bus Tour! We will be sharing songs and stories in lots of communities, bringing joy and art to as many people as possible.
"all-singing, all-dancing... INFECTIOUSLY ENDEARING"The Herald
“fast-paced... a VIBRANT CROWD-PLEASER, with a sense of swashbuckling internationalist adventures”Stage
“ZOOMS and ZINGS with can-do spirit”Times
“STRIKINGLY WELL-PERFORMED by a gifted 12-strong cast”Scotsman
“full of BREATH-TAKING COLOUR, MOVEMENT and EXCITEMENTCourier
“Full of fun and joyfully performed. You will love it.”Wee Review
“strong on enthusiasm and EXUBERANCE”Across The Arts
Bob Cratchit / Ensemble
Jacob Marley / Peppersnap / Ensemble
Director Elizabeth Newman
Director Ben Occhipinti
Musical Director Richard Reeday
Movement and Associate Director Lesley Hutchison
Set and Costume Designer Amanda Stoodley
Lighting Designer Rory Beaton
Stage Manager Kay Hesford
Deputy Stage Manager (book) Marianne Forde
Deputy Stage Manager (book) Owen Thomas
Deputy Stage Manager (floor) Heather Saunderson
Michael has worked as an actor, writer and director for most of his life. He first appeared in the West End as choir member in the original production of Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Albery Theatre in 1973. He last appeared in Fame at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007. In between, he was in West Side Story, Starlight Express, Poppy, Caird/Nunn production of Peter Pan, Exclusive!, The Rink, Oh Kay!, Doctor Doolittle, Listen To The Wind, One Touch Of Venus and Art.
Elsewhere, he has been in From Choices To Chocolates (Riverside Studios, Hammersmith) Family Voices, Anyone Can Whistle, This Property Is Condemned, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and The Maids (Everyman, Cheltenham) The Silver King and Merry Wives Of Windsor (Chichester Festival Theatre) Bells Are Ringing (Greenwich Theatre) Merrily We Roll Along (Library, Manchester) Richard II (Oldham Coliseum) The Lucky Chance (Derby Playhouse).
He first directed at the Greenwich Theatre in 2000. It was a new musical called Bumpy Ride before working as Associate Director on the original production of The Play What I Wrote at the Wyndhams Theatre. He went on to work as associate for Yes, Prime Minister at Trafalgar Studios, Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense and The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
He has also directed Bring It On at Kenneth More, Ilford, Spring Awakening at Mirren Studio, the tours of Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense, Yes, Prime Minister at Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford and UK Tour, The Play What I Wrote and When Harry Met Sally. He directed a new comedy Clittaford at St. James Church, Piccadilly, Relatively Speaking and Confusions in South Africa as well as Summer Holiday in 2003 at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
He co-wrote the stage adaptation of Summer Holiday! which premièred at Blackpool Opera House in 1996 and has written Double Top for Valentine Productions / BBC Wales, Serena for SMG and the book for Close Encounters, a new musical which was performed at Century City, Los Angeles.
Relevance is everything! Twenty years ago I had enjoyed a career in Theatre and Television that I felt was difficult to improve upon with my limited talent and inability to cook.
So Michael and I embarked upon a Stage Adaptation of Summer Holiday.
Under the guidance of David Watson, we collaborated and, over the following nine months, presented a version the investors felt excited by!
Since then, I have taken a back seat from the Theatre but a very proactive role in shaping my own world in Somerset!
I am optimistic you enjoy the show!
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