Raising Martha, a brand new dark comedy by award-winning writer David Spicer, and directed by Michael Fentiman, will have its world premiere at Park Theatre from 12 January 2017, playing until 11 February, with a press night on Tuesday 17 February.
Morgana Robinson has unfortunately had to withdraw from the production due to unforeseen personal reasons, but the producers are happy to announce that Gwyneth Keyworth will join the cast to play ‘Caro’. Keyworth has most recently starred as ‘Alison’ in E4’s cult show Wasted, with other notable screen appearances in Channel 4’s Powder Monkeys, HBO’s Game of Thrones, ITV’s Dr Thorne and E4’s Misfits. Described by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as ‘heartbreakingly good’ in the Bristol Old Vic production of The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, she was most recently seen in the Globe’s acclaimed revival of The Heresy of Love.
Julian Bleach, co-creator and MC of Shockheaded Peter (2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment), best known for his role as the evil ‘Davros’ in Dr Who, and recently seen in the acclaimed Grinning Man at the Bristol Old Vic, joins the company to play ‘Roger’. Other screen credits include Torchwood, The Sarah-Jane Adventures, Psychoville and The Borgias, whilst his stage credits include Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Sheffield) and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (NT)
Gerry and Roger’s mum has gone missing. Well, most of her has…
The unwitting victims of animal rights activists campaigning for the freedom of the family frog farm’s slimy inhabitants, the brothers must bring in the hapless Inspector Clout to establish the whereabouts of their long-dead mother. An absurdly funny, dark comedy starring the finest comedy ensemble live on stage, Raising Martha tackles terrorism, animal rights and six-foot frogs!
As previously announced, Tom Bennett (Netflix’s Mascots, E4’s Phone Shop) will play ‘Marc’; Jasper Britton (Richard II, RSC, The Libertine, Theatre Royal Haymarket), will play ‘Gerry’; Joel Fry (ITV’s Plebs, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Sky’s You, Me and the Apocalypse) will play ‘Jago’; and Jeff Rawle, (Channel 4’s Drop the Dead Donkey, Handbagged, Tricycle / West End, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire) will join the cast to play ‘Inspector Clout’.
RAISING MARTHA plays at the PARK Theatre 12 January – 11 February 2017 www.parktheatre.co.uk