Josie Botting is celebrating her birthday... but as a work-from-home dominatrix she’s lost the will to dominate...
Presented by the Stephen Joseph Theatre & New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
By Charlotte Jones
Directed by Gemma Fairlie
Designer - Carla Goodman
MD & Sound Designer - James D. Reid
Lighting Designer - Paul Stear
Casting Director - Sarah Hughes
Shelley Atkinson as Martha
Jemma Churchill as Josie
Rachael Henley as Louise
Jun Hwang as Timothy Wong
Zara Jayne as Brenda-Marie
Eamonn Riley as Lionel
Price: From £10
It's Josie's birthday and she's not happy about it. Being a stay at home dominatrix is hard enough, but if you're middle aged you just get tired.
But Lionel, her most loyal customer, is determined to cheer her up. With the help of Josie's ice-skating-obsessed daughter Brenda-Marie and their Irish Catholic cleaner with OCD, Martha, he is throwing a party. There's even a special guest coming - the King himself. Elvis that is - in the form of brand new Elvis impersonator Timothy Wong. He might not know the songs, but his outfits are spectacular.
Nobody is expecting the other surprise guest though, and she's about to make sure the party gets all shook up. It's time to grab a drink and swivel those hips as the night really gets going.
Hilarious and heartfelt - this is a quirky comedy sure to warm your heart. Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis is about learning to accept who you are and making the most of your moves. Whatever you're dressed in...
"as moving as it is hilarious"
"high comedy... a beautiful humanity"
“an hilarious play”
Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post
Winner of the Pearson Television Best Play Award (1998) and Manchester Evening News Best New Play (1999)
Age guidance: 14+
Please note this is different to the age guidance given in printed publicity.
Relaxed: Thursday 11 April, 1.30pm
Post-show Q&A: Thursday 11 April, 7.30pm
Dementia-Friendly & Captioned: Thursday 18 April, 1.30pm
Captioned: Thursday 18 April, 7.30pm
BSL interpreted: Saturday 20 April, 2.30pm
“a good mix of laughter and tragedy"
Fairy Powered Productions
“hilarious and heartwarming”
“deals with big themes of identity, belonging and family”
“All the characters are so likeable, that a happy ending for them all is being willed from the back of the stalls.”
The Yorkshire Post
“a deeply funny, deeply moving play, suffused with an emboldened heart, a heap of hope and a bunch of Elvis songs... a bold, brassy but classy comedy that is all the better for the emotional clout of the tragedy always nipping at the ankles”
The Press (York)
"The cast of six are perfect together"
"sweet, quirky, delightful and funny"
The Scarborough News
“it’s got a buoyancy about it that uplifts the whole audience”
“if this on-line newspaper awarded stars this would have all five”
The Yorkshire Times
Thursday 28 March 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 29 March 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 30 March 2019, 7.30pm
Monday 1 April 2019, 7.30pm
Tuesday 2 April 2019, 7.30pm
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Thursday 4 April 2019, 1.30pm
Thursday 4 April 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 5 April 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 6 April 2019, 2.30pm
Saturday 6 April 2019, 7.30pm
Monday 8 April 2019, 7.30pm
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Wednesday 10 April 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday 11 April 2019, 1.30pm
Thursday 11 April 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 12 April 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 13 April 2019, 2.30pm
Saturday 13 April 2019, 7.30pm
Monday 15 April 2019, 7.30pm
Tuesday 16 April 2019, 7.30pm
Wednesday 17 April 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday 18 April 2019, 1.30pm
Thursday 18 April 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 19 April 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 20 April 2019, 2.30pm
Saturday 20 April 2019, 7.30pm