A couple of nights ago i was invited to see the award-winning Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at The Octagon Theatre which is a Octagon and Hull Truck co-production, written by Charlotte Jones (Airswimming, In Flame, Humble Boy), and directed by Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director, previously Artistic Director of the Octagon, Mark Babych.
Starring Isabel Ford (Come Closer, Royal Exchange, Emmerdale, ITV), Lynda Rooke (Piaf and Queen of the North, Octagon Theatre Bolton), and Christopher Chung (Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, BBC’s Doctors) as the title’s characters, Martha, Josie and Chinese Elvis, respectively, the cast is completed by John Branwell (King Lear, Northern Broadsides, An Enemy of the People, Octagon Theatre Bolton) as Lionel, Natalie Grady (To Kill a Mockingbird, the Barbican, Twelfth Night, Octagon Theatre Bolton), as Shelly-Louise, and Anna Wheatley (An Enemy of the People and The Family Way, Octagon Theatre Bolton) as Brenda-Marie.
Originally premiering at the Octagon in 1999,The plot is centred about a mother (Josie) who has a job as a dominatrix operating from her front room and she is also keeping a secret from her daughter Brenda Marie who has learning difficulties.
Its all set on Josies 50th birthday and her friend Lionel insists she has a party So they do and that`s when the secret is revealed. Lionel`s present to Josie is “Chinese Elvis” an Elvis impersonator from Whalley range and what follows is a poignant and heartfelt piece of theatre which will appeal to a wide range of people.
Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis is a must see for everyone not just Elvis fans (although Elvis fans will love it!!!) .
This reviewer really enjoyed the whole production and with some amazing performances from the whole cast i believe that it is a must see for everyone!
Martha , Josie and the chinese Elvis is on at The Octagon until the 2nd of Aril and you can book tickets here
Blog By Wendey Shepherd
for Bolton Live