Marc played Melvin..."the most dangerous man alive"...in Hull Truck Theatre's world premiere production of My Favourite Summer  written and directed by Nick Lane.

 

"Every once in a while a play comes along that reminds you of the glorious summers of your twenties. The long, hot days... that fantastic trip abroad with your mates... the moment when the girl you've fancied for years suddenly realises she feels the same way... and you all live happily ever after… This is not that play. Instead, join Dave as he spends a month working alongside a nutcase called Melvin in the summer job from hell! It's got to be done though; he desperately needs the pennies so he can treat the girl he loves to a romantic break, before she leaves him for good. Still, at least the weather's nice for him!"

My Favourite Summer, which also starred Matthew Booth and Fiona Wass, premiered at Hull Truck on Thursday 25th January 2007 and ran until Saturday 17th February. Its UK tour ran until Saturday April 21st. 

 

             

             

 

REVIEWS FOR  My Favourite Summer

The Times :

"Terrific...Melvin, an ex-army monster with an endless stock of tales that climax with somebody being disastrously maimed....played with a wonderful relish by Marc Bolton" (Jeremy Kingston)   

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The Daily Telegraph :

"...blissfully funny...Marc Bolton is perfect as the brawny, brain-free Melvin" (Dominic Cavendish)  

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The Stage :

"...the comic and dramatic strength of the play...blunt, belligerent and rather frightening...Marc Bolton's Melvin is played with admirable directness and raw, bruising humour" (Kevin Berry)   

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The Northern Echo :

"Bolton carries off Melvin with a brutal brilliance... A great evening's entertainment" (Mark Tallentire)   

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BBC Lincolnshire :

"...cracking theatre...a production to die for...I loved every minute of it." (June Atkins)   

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The Yorkshire Post :

"...an impressive cast...Marc Bolton is wonderfully menacing as the maniacal Melvin" (Nick Ahad)  

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The Goole Times :

"...a gem of a comedy which draws full-blooded laughter." (RW)   

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What's On Stage :

"The evening's entertainment (plus the odd frisson of horror) has most to do with the character of Melvin, with his gruesome tales, casual threats and cave-man seduction techniques. The excellent Marc Bolton is appallingly amusing without resorting to caricature and also shifts smoothly into character as the other male parts" (Ron Simpson)  

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The Hull Daily Mail (30th Jan) :

"The evening was marked by fine comic acting from the three cast members...Marc Bolton was a revelation as Melvin, a man simmering with aggression...cuttingly funny" (Will Ramsey)  

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The Hull Daily Mail, Critic's Choice (3rd Feb) :

"When you hear people leaving the theatre saying it was brilliant and the funniest play they'd ever seen, you know Hull Truck has another hit on its hands." (Paul Johnson)  

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The York Press :

"(Matthew) Booth and (Marc) Bolton play the visual comedy with superb timing and expression .... the chalk-and-cheese duo's night on the town mines a rich seam of comedy from the culture clash." (Charles Hutchinson)   

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The Hull Advertiser :

"This performance had me laughing so much that I nearly fell off my seat on more than one occasion" (Mark Gee)  

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The Driffield Post :

"The interaction between Dave and Melvin is without doubt the highlight of this play...almost bursting with aggression...Marc Bolton clearly relishes the role of Melvin and stands out as the star of this show." (Alice Mooney)  

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