Starring Amanda Abbington (SHERLOCK, MR SELFRIDGE) and telling the story of Mandy a young Bluecoat at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park during the hazy summer days of 1983. Set against a backdrop of legwarmers, jelly sandals and the Tory landslide, Mandy looks back on a summer romance that changed everything. Nostalgic and bittersweet, a play for anyone who’s ever had their own ‘Dirty Dancing’ moment and for anyone who wishes they had.

To be enjoyed whilst walking and dreaming along Lowestoft beach…

My Summer in Pakefield was available from 26th – 28th June as part of the First Light Festival.

This work was made possible through the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Cast & Creatives

  • Amanda Abbington Mandy
  • Ben Weatherill Writer
  • Suba Das Artistic Director
    Suba Das is a theatre director and the Artistic Director and CEO of HighTide. He is a Trustee of The Sage, Gateshead. Previously he was Associate Director of Leicester Curve, one of the UK’s major producing houses, Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, and Das has also directed for the Young Vic, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, Northern Stage and the Roundhouse. In 2017 he made his opera directorial debut with the world premiere of Sukanya by Ravi Shankar for the Royal Opera and London Philharmonic. Suba read English at Clare College, Cambridge and trained on the Birkbeck Director Training Programme.
  • Edward Lewis Sound Designer
  • Priscilla John Casting