The actress spoke to Emma Clarendon about starring in the new play by John Godber at Wilton’s Music Hall.
Hi Martha, could you explain a bit more about what This is Not Right is about? The play is about the relationship between a Father and Daughter which changes as the daughter gets older and goes to University. When she returns home she notices that he father is becoming more of an extremist with regard to his politics.
What initially made you want to be part of this production? In all honesty my dad wrote this for me as a one woman show before I went to LIPA in Liverpool. He always wanted to expand the piece and bring it to a wider audience and Wilton’s seemed like the perfect venue to do this in.
Could you tell me more about your character Holly? Holly is a very bright girl from a tough working class area of Hull who studied English at UCL and is very liberal in her thinking. She struggles with the differences between her university life and her home life back in Hull.
How does it feel to be premiering the show at Wilton’s Music Hall? It feels amazing, the venue is incredible and I have never performed anywhere like this before so I’m really excited! The history of the building really adds to the gravity of the performances!
What do you think audiences will take away from the story? We have a society which is growing In It’s extremist thoughts, and since the play also deals with missing people I hope these issues will resonate. I also think a lot of people will be able to relate if they have ever been away to University, and then gone back home to their ‘old’ life and been shocked by how much they have changed.
What can we expect from the production? It is very theatrical and exciting and visually stunning in the Wilton’s space. Expect music, narrative
twists and a host of Hull accents!
By Emma Clarendon
This is not Right will play at Wilton’s Music Hall from the 1st to the 5th October.