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Casting announced for Raising Martha

Published 16 November 2016

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 17 January 2017, playing until 11 February, with a press night on Tuesday 17 February.

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; Morgana Robinson (BBC’s The Agency, Channel 4’s The Windsors) will play Caro. 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. Casting for Roger will be announced.

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!

David Spicer said. “I believe that as the world gets more unpleasant, divided and embattled, our only defence is ridicule. But mainly it was because I was earning my living writing intros, links and gags for a seemingly never-ending stream of TV gameshows. The first draft of Raising Martha was written at my table behind the various flashing sets of shiny-floor shows such as Goldenballs, No Win No Fee, (and many, many others).

“As TV appears to become unceasingly safe, mainstream and unchallenging, live theatre appears to me to be the last remaining place where one can really say what one feels is important about the state of the world. And this is what I’ve tried to do with Martha. My comedy about Fear, Loathing, Drug Abuse and Grave Robbery became my escape from a Light Entertainment hell.”


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