Joel Fry has Tea With Wilma chatting about RAISING MARTHA at the Park Theatre

I have just finished watching all three series of the TV show Plebs, in which you played Stylax Urastaques. What was that experience like for you and most importantly is there another series in the pipeline?
The best thing about Plebs was the many, many actors I met whilst doing it, including Gwyneth Keyworth, who is in Raising Martha.

You are about to star in Raising Martha at the PARK Theatre. What is the show about and what attracted you to the part you are playing?
It’s about law, morality, frogs, bones, human rights and basically the state of the country at present… and laughing…

You are known for playing many different types of characters. If I asked your friends to describe you in three words, what would they be?
Umm… Happy then sad and everything in between

Who are your biggest theatre inspirations and why?
Probably a travelling theatre company called “Footsbarn” who basically go around in a big tent and do plays around the world. My Dad took me to see them when I was young and I guess it stuck.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Being nervous and wondering whether its worth the stress.

Apart from acting, what is your biggest passion?
I play a few instruments but guitar would be my mistress.

We are living in a time where films are often being turned into stage plays and musicals. If you had to choose one, what film would you like to see adapted to the stage?
Brasil by Terry Gillingham

If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what theatre role would you love to have a go at playing?
Hedda Gabler

If you won the lottery and could stage one theatre show of your choice, what would you choose and who would be your dream cast?
I wouldn’t, I’d give it to someone who would do a better job and make a show people would enjoy.

Why do you think people should come and see Raising Martha at PARK Theatre?
Because… hopefully you’ll find it very funny and laugh lots but then get home and think “the worlds gone mad”.

Thanks for having Tea With Wilma

RAISING MARTHA plays at the Park Theatre 12 January – 11 February 2017