Pint of Wine Theatre Company has announced a three-week development workshop of Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke’s P.S. I’m A Terrible Person, a new dark comedy musical about addiction through the eyes of 16-year-old, Martha Weiss.
The workshop will feature full staging with an innovative projected set design by acclaimed illustrator Larisa Bulb.
This show is the high before a caffeine-crash. It’s twisted, and funny, and addictive. Provoking frank, much-needed conversations about disordered eating with all the high-octane headiness of a modern musical.
Martha’s always in control: smashing school; managing her eccentric Mum; convincing hot, (straight) Alison to go on a date. So what, she has a bit of an obsessive personality? She’ll sort her eating disorder out, just like she sorts everything else. Piece of cake…
Based on real life events, we dive headfirst into Martha’s world, experiencing addictive rituals and NHS wards through her musical theatre-tinted spectacles. How can she explain compulsions that simply don’t make sense to “normal people”…? With a tap number, of course. It’s a big, energetic production musical which forces us to confront our own relationships with the best/worst parts of ourselves (often, one and the same).
Principal casting includes: Nicole Raquel Dennis (Alana Beck in ‘Dear Even Hansen’, Noel Coward theatre; Effie White, ‘Dreamgirls’, Savoy; ‘The Voice’, ITV), Piers Bate (understudy Dr. Jim Pomatter in ‘Waitress’, Adelphi), Charlotte Vaughan (1st Understudy Carlotta in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, Her Majesty’s), Lewis Cornay (Elder Cross, ‘The Book of Mormon’, Prince of Wales), Lottie Johnson (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’, Drayton Arms) and the show’s book writer Francesca Forristal as Martha Weiss.
The rest of the cast features David Birch (‘Half A Sixpence’, Noel Coward Theatre; ‘Groundhog Day’, Old Vic), Ricardo Castro (‘Come From Away’, Phoenix Theatre; ‘Motown: The Musical’, Shaftsbury Theatre); Matthew Cavendish (‘The Play Goes Wrong’, Broadway; ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’, Apollo Theatre and UK Tour), India Chadwick, Phoebe Ellabani (‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’, UK Tour), Kerri Norville (‘& Juliet’, Shaftsbury Theatre), Bethany Weaver (‘Broken Wings’, International Tour) and Natalie Moore Williams (‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).
Producer of Pint of Wine Theatre, Blake Klein said: “We are incredibly excited to support the continued development of this bold, new musical. In the current climate, it is as important as ever to support actors, writers, designers and technicians, and we are proud that this workshop will feature artistic collaborations not normally seen in a workshopped musical. We very much look forward to taking this musical to the next stage through this workshop.”
Two invitation-only performances will be held 22 and 23 October at 7:30pm at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone.