Hull Truck Theatre Co Production


By Charlotte Jones
Directed by Mark Babych

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Hull Truck Theatre Co Production

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

By Charlotte Jones
Directed by Mark Babych

In a suburban semi on a cold winter’s evening, a collection of family, friends and acquaintances gather to celebrate a birthday. There’s Josie, the ageing dominatrix conducting business from her living room and in no mood to celebrate; her daughter Brenda-Marie with a wisdom beyond her years; Martha - Josie’s devout Irish cleaner who’s none the wiser and happy to keep it that way; and, of course, 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, and for once Josie has the night off. Elvis impersonator Timothy Wong has entered the building and only the arrival of a very 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.

Recommended age 12+



John Branwell


Christopher Chung

Timothy Wong / Chinese Elvis

Isabel Ford


Natalie Grady


Lynda Rooke


Anna Wheatley


Creative Team

Charlotte Jones


Mark Babych


Patrick Connellan

Set & Costume Design

Elliot Griggs

Lighting Design

Mathew Clowes

Sound Design

Jon Beney

Movement Director

‘Theatre magic’

Plays to See

‘as moving as it is hilarious’

The Stage

‘Only those with a wooden heart … would find themselves unmoved’

Hull Daily Mail

‘high comedy... a beautiful humanity’

The Yorkshire Post


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