The Lyric Theatre, Belfast is delighted to announce that West End star Leanne Jones is joining its much anticipated production of the new musical comedy Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory next month.
Leanne Jones was the West End's original ‘Tracy Turnblad’, the lead character in the hit musical Hairspray for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
The talented singer and actress has been cast as Margaret in Paul Boyd’s razor-sharp musical, Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory which takes a satirical swipe at a society that considers beauty to be only skin deep.
The Lyric trialed a concert version of the show last year and it now returns in a bigger, firmer, more rounded production for 12 performances on the Northern Bank Stage in July before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. The last Lyric production at the Fringe was Stones in his Pockets which went on to conquer the West End and Broadway, and with such a high calibre cast on board there are high hopes Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory will be another big hit…
Heavily laden with big laughs and catchy songs, Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory sticks a finely-tuned musical hypodermic firmly into the bosom of today’s surgery-obsessed culture. Life in Little Happening runs like clockwork until the arrival of a mysterious stranger whose very presence seems to poison the community. When a neon sign suddenly appears above the door of the old church reading ‘Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory’, it becomes clear that life on Mammary Lane will never be the same again.
Soon the women of the town lose their inhibitions and start discussing ways to enhance their looks, whilst the men of the town plot to free themselves from their complicated lives. Perhaps this was the mysterious stranger’s plan…
Leanne Jones completes an exciting cast line-up which includes comedy star Tara Flynn from the Bafta Award-Winning TV show Stuart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, as well as Conleth Kane, Russell Morton, Christopher Finn, Orla Gormley, Kevin Hynes, and Tommy Wallace.
A must see for fans of The Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q and Jerry Springer: the Opera, the riotous Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory is rapidly gaining cult classic status. With a style that is very much influenced by gothic horror and graphic novels, this is the adult musical comedy Sweeney Todd wishes he was in!
Currently celebrating 20 years of writing and directing musical theatre, local composer Paul Boyd said he was delighted to have Leanne on board.
“We're all very pleased that Leanne will be joining the team for Molly Wobbly's adventures this year in both Belfast and Edinburgh,” said Paul. “She's a well known and much loved West End performer, and she'll bring something of the legitimate musical theatre world to the crazy musical comedy world of Little Happening. One of the great things about this show is that it allows such a diverse group of performers, with a huge range of skills in various genres, to work together to produce a great night of comedy”.
The Lyric Theatre’s Artistic Director Richard Croxford said: “Audiences couldn’t get enough of the concert version, so we’re thrilled that the Lyric has now been able to take the show one step further with sneak previews on the Lyric’s Northern Bank Stage before the production heads to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh for this year’s Fringe Festival. It is obviously very important for the Lyric to ensure that as many of its productions as possible transfer to a wider audience following the initial run inBelfast. It helps us not only to promote the Lyric, but also to showcase our creative local talent on national and international stages.”
All will be revealed in Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory which contains adult themes, partial nudity and strong language.
Both the script development and tour of Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory received funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.