Josie Botting is celebrating her birthday... but as a work-from-home dominatrix she’s lost the will to dominate...
Stephen Joseph Theatre & New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme Present
By Charlotte Jones
Directed by Gemma Fairlie
Designer - Carla Goodman
MD & Sound Designer - James D. Reid
Lighting Designer - Paul Stear
Casting Director - Sarah Hughes
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, swivel those hips and snarl those lips as the night really gets going.
Hilarious and heartfelt - this is a quirky comedy sure to warm your heart and thaw the cold. 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: 12+
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
Charlotte Jones had a meteoric rise to success as a playwright. She won the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright award in 1999 for In Flame and Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis.
Her fourth stage play Humble Boy premiered at the National Theatre in 2001, and was awarded the Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award, the People’s Choice Best New Play Award and was nominated for an Olivier award. Jones also wrote the book to the 2004-2006 West End musical, The Woman in White, in collaboration with David Zippel and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
In 2015 Charlotte was made an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, for her services to the Arts. Her plays are published by Faber and Faber and have enjoyed productions all over the world. She also writes extensively for TV, radio and film.
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