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Casting announced for Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Park Theatre

Martha, Josie & The Chinese Elvis from Nick Pearce (Target Live 2017)

Casting news

CASTING has been confirmed for Charlotte Jones’ hilarious and heartfelt comedy, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, which runs at Park Theatre from December 11, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

Winner of the 1998 Pearson Best Play Award, this marks the play’s twenty-first anniversary and first ever London run, which is presented by Signal Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre.

The production stars Sioned Jones (as Martha), Charlie Bence (Brenda-Marie), Kellie Batchelor (Josie), Andrew P Stephen (Lionel), Matt Lim (Timothy) and Jessica Forrest (Louise), and is directed by Robert Wolstenholme, co-founder of Signal Theatre Company.

Josie’s tired. Tired of the Bolton winter. Tired of looking after daydreaming daughter Brenda-Marie. Tired of working as a dominatrix to make ends meet. Too tired to celebrate turning forty.

But her favourite client Lionel insists on a birthday party and, knowing Josie’s a huge Elvis fan, invites a very special guest. Just as hips start swinging, somebody no-one expected arrives and skeletons come tumbling out of the closet…

At its heart, this hilarious and heartfelt comedy explores finding a place to fit in. Sweet yet saucy, it’s the perfect ‘adults only’ alternative Christmas treat.

Sioned Jones (pictured below) has appeared in 13, Women Beware Women, All’s Well That Ends Well, Oedipus and Never So Good (National Theatre) and A Woman of No Importance, Shakespeare In Love, Shadowlands, The Letter, Glorious! and Tolstoy (West End). Her theatre credits elsewhere include an Offie nominated performance in Ghost About the House (King’s Head Theatre), Cruella De Vil in the musical of 101 Dalmatians (Wellingborough), Lettice & Lovage (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Henry VI (Wales Millennium Centre).

Jones’ television credits include: Cadfael, Family Affairs and The Bill.

Charlie Bence plays Brenda-Marie, Josie’s daughter who has learning difficulties. Bence graduated from Mountview in summer 2019. Before that, she appeared in Our Benny (Liverpool Empire), as the Wicked Queen in Snow White (Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham) and in Beauty and the Beast (Chateau Chalain, France).

Sioned Jones

Kellie Batchelor is co-founder of Signal Theatre Company for whom she’s played Phyllis in Sellotape Sisters, Jackie in Shang-a-Lang, Sarah in A Place at the Table, Cherry in The Night Before Christmas, Cath in Here and Amanda in Private Lives, all of which she also co-produced. Other theatre includes: Somewhere Over The Westway, Ready, Steady, Date and Octopus Pie (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Under the Blue Sky and Closer (Soho Theatre Studio), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Canal Café), The Snow Queen (Chelsea Centre) and Kingdom on Earth (Landor Theatre).

Andrew P Stephen has appeared in Elling, Life x3, Absurd Person Singular and The Woman in Black (West End), The Acedian Pirates (Theatre 503), Foreplay (King’s Head Theatre), Madame Bovary (Hope Theatre) and UK tours of Gasping, Life x3, Arsenic & Old Lace, Strangers on a Train, Funny Peculiar, Absurd Person Singular, Duet For One and The Woman in Black.

Stephen is also a regular with the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, appearing in thirteen seasons, playing Hamlet, Macbeth, Iago, Petruchio, Benedick, Puck, Bottom, Shylock, Angelo, Pericles, Leontes, Prospero, Antony and Richard III.

Matt Lim recently appeared in the Royal Exchange/Birmingham Rep touring production From Shore to Shore and in Break of Noon (Finborough Theatre). He’s appeared on TV in Doctors and 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and in the film A Confusion of Tongues. Lim is also a comedian and writer, whose first full play It’s Complicated was shortlisted for the Cambridge Footlights’ Harry Porter Prize and enjoyed successful runs in both Edinburgh and London. He also wrote Way Back, a poignant piece about suicide (Pleasance London).

Jessica Forrest made her acting debut playing Leanne Holiday in Hollyoaks, staying for over three years. Other TV includes: The Cruise, Coronation Street and regular character Clare on CBBC’s popular children’s show Dani’s Castle. In theatre, Forrest recently toured in Chip Shop Chips, an immersive production set in a fish and chip shop. As a fan of the Edinburgh Fringe, she’s also found herself writing and performing as half of the comedy double act Trolley Girls.

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis is suitable for ages 16+.

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