Summer Holiday's Michael Peavoy: A week in the life

The brand new production drives audiences around the city

Michael Peavoy (far left) in rehearsals for Summer Holiday
Michael Peavoy (far left) in rehearsals for Summer Holiday
© Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club

Michael Peavoy leads the cast of the new Bolton Octagon production of classic summertime musical Summer Holiday, which officially opens next month. Far from a standard revival, the Octagon version of the show (based on the hit Cliff Richard film of the same name) gets audiences up and out of the theatre space and onto the streets of the city, with punters driven across town on buses to watch the show. Peavoy, whose credits include The Railway Children at Bolton Octagon, Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd at the Royal Exchange takes on the role of Don (Richard's character in the film), as he travels across Europe. We get a look at the piece in rehearsals.

Group selfies are necessary for survival

MP: "Me and the squad keeping warm during outside tech rehearsals by imitating penguins!"

Not just about making a play

MP: "Me and Eleanor opened a new mental health unit for women in Bolton, just some of the amazing work done under the lead of the amazing artistic director Elizabeth Newman."

Bolton gets the picture-postcard look

MP: "Sun sets on the outdoor tech!"

Papped on the streets

MP: "Our first album cover…"

Romance in rehearsal

(© Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club)

MP: "Me and Alex Bean have a cuddle."

Tea time!

MP: "The full squad having a well-deserved brew break!"

Coffee cups in the chorus

(© Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club)

MP: "Sing through with a brew."

Taking mood wall to a new level

MP: "Our astounding director and human extraordinaire Elizabeth takes a break. As the building is closing we've covered the walls in quotes and words that drive us through the process with our wonderous team."