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One Last Push by Chris Chibnall – known as a writer for TV crime drama Broadchurch – will premiere at Salisbury Playhouse

The world premiere of new comedy One Last Push by Chris Chibnall will open at Salisbury Playhouse later this month.

Best known as a writer for the TV crime drama Broadchurch, Chris is a BAFTA, Royal Television Society and Peabody award-winning screenwriter.

The drama will be directed by Gareth Machin with a cast that includes Sam Alexander, Valerie Antwi, Sherry Baines, James Gaddas, David Partridge and Call the Midwife’s Laura Main.

The premiere of One Last Push will be at Salisbury Playhouse
The premiere of One Last Push will be at Salisbury Playhouse

Chris returns to Salisbury Playhouse having previously debuted The Worst Wedding Ever in 2014, which was revived in 2017 at Salisbury Playhouse before its subsequent national tour.

Also returning are Sam Alexander and Sherry Baines, having previously performed in How the Other Half Loves, and David Partridge who performed in The Tempest for Salisbury International Arts Festival last year. The production opens on 20th February and runs until 9th March.

Gareth Machin, artistic director at Wiltshire Creative, said: “What a fabulous cast we’ve managed to bring together for this world première of Chris Chibnall’s brilliant comedy One Last Push.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with them here in Salisbury and I know that our audience are in for a treat.”

One Last Push is the world premiere of a new original comedy about the unexpected and often hilarious dramas of childbirth, depicting what happens when one of life’s most magical events gets hijacked… by life itself.

Jen and Mark have done the NCT classes. They’ve written the birth plan, in precise detail. They’ve even got the birthing pool ready in the living room of their new flat. Everything is set for the perfect, calm, idyllic home birth.

Laura Main and David Partridge in One Last Push (photo: Ash Mills)
Laura Main and David Partridge in One Last Push (photo: Ash Mills)

Except they’ve reckoned without intrusive family, nosy neighbours, uninvited guests and a new flat full of unwelcome surprises.

One last Push is on stage at Salisbury Playhouse from 20th February to 9th March. Tickets are priced from £13.

For more information and bookings, visit https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk or call the box office on 01722 320 333.

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