Summer Holiday wins Northern Soul Award for Best Production 2018

Summer Holiday wins Northern Soul Award for Best Production 2018

Summer Holiday wins award for Best Production at the Northern Soul Awards 2018.

The Northern Soul Awards held at Manchester Cathedral on Thu 15 November saw the coming together of arts organisations and individuals from across the North to celebrate great northerners pioneering excellence and innovation in culture

Categories for the awards were for most excellent gallery, festival, exhibition, business, theatre, writer, publisher, food and drink offer and venue.

The Octagon Theatre won the Theatre Production of the Year award which was accepted by the directors Elizabeth Newman and Ben Occhipinti on the evening.

Former Artistic Director and co-director of Summer Holiday Elizabeth Newman commented “I am so proud that Summer Holiday was nominated and won Best Production at the Northern Soul Awards 2018.

I am very grateful to everyone who helped us – Bolton Council, Vision Buses, Transport for Greater Manchester, the cast, creatives, Octagon theatre staff and the audiences that came along with us. We worked with so many brilliant people and organisations who helped us realise our vision. Everyone involved was an essential part of creating something really magical for the people of Bolton. ”

Associate Director and co-director of Summer Holiday Ben Occhipinti said “Working on Summer Holiday was just brilliant. From when we imagined that we might take our audiences on a musical bus journey all the way to seeing the look on the faces of passerbys in the bus station – it was truly a unique experience for everyone.

To work with people that had such talent and ambition was a privilege and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to make this production for the people of Bolton.”

The evening was hosted by BBC presenter Lucy McNamara and saw performances from poets Cathy Crabb and Wendy Pratt along with music from The Animato Trio. The keynote speaker of the evening was Joanne Roney, chief executive of Manchester City Council.

Production pictures from Summer Holiday, credit: The Other Richard.