Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

February 11th - March 5th

Hull Truck Theatre

A heartfelt comedy about an eccentric family, a birthday party… and a Chinese Elvis!

Tickets: Tuesday – Friday £15.50, Saturday £18, Matinee £12, Concessions £3 off (excl. mat.)

In a suburban semi on a winter’s evening, an odd collection of acquaintances gather to celebrate the 40th birthday of Josie – a dominatrix conducting business from her living room. There’s her daughter Brenda-Marie with a wisdom beyond her years; Martha – Josie’s devout Irish cleaner; and Lionel – Josie’s most loyal client with a heart of gold and a secret yearning to wear ladies’ dresses. But no party would be complete without entertainment. Elvis impersonator Timothy Wong has entered the building and only the arrival of an unexpected guest could upstage the King himself.

Heartfelt, poignant, and funny in equal measure, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis captures the glimmer of promise and potential that lies in all of us – shining a spotlight on the opportunities that are out there, if only we choose to take them.

The play premiered at the Octagon Theatre Bolton in 1999, commissioned and directed by then-Artistic Director Lawrence Till. Hull Truck Theatre are working with the Octagon Theatre Bolton to revive the show on both stages as a co-production, directed by Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Babych. Charlotte Jones’ hilarious and yet touching story is sure to delight audiences at both venues.

Cast: John Branwell (Northern Broadsides’ King Lear, An Enemy of the People at Octagon Theatre Bolton), Christopher Chung (Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, BBC’s Doctors), Isobel Ford (Come Closer at the Royal Exchange, ITV’s Emmerdale), Natalie Grady (To Kill a Mockingbird at the Barbican, Twelfth Night at Octagon Theatre Bolton), Lynda Rooke (Piaf and Queen of the North at Octagon Theatre Bolton) and Anna Wheatley (An Enemy of the People, Family Way at Octagon Theatre Bolton).

Hull Truck Theatre are offering the popular Dinner and a Show throughout the run, which includes a main course at the Hull Truck Theatre Café Bar, a show ticket, programme and parking (£23 Tuesday – Friday, £25 Saturday). On Saturday 13 February there is a Valentine’s Day Special, which includes all of the above for £30.

Box office information:
Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU2 8LB
01482 323638

Published: Friday 15th January 2016

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