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Katy Manning at the Edinburgh Fringe

The Doctor Who star joins Susan Penhaligon in Keeping Up With The Joans.

Keeping Up With the Joans

Greenwich Theatre, one of London’s foremost Off-West End theatres has over the past 5 years become one of the country’s leading supporters of young and emerging theatre companies. With its Edinburgh profile rising year on year, five productions are supported at this year’s festival.

Keeping Up With The Joans plays at the Pleasance Courtyard between 31st July and 24th August at 14:30. It runs to 90 minutes.

A highlight of this year’s Fringe, this bittersweet comedy about failing memory, friendship and mimicking martyrs comes from Fringe First winning writer Philip Meeks and is co-produced and directed by award-winning writer/director Patrick Wilde.

Stage and screen stars Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire) and Katy Manning (Doctor Who) play eccentric rival amateur theatricals manipulated by sinister care worker Gary into facing the traumatic past that ruined their once precious friendship. As they recall days gone by and hysterically settle their differences they soon start unearthing the startling secret – just who did play the greatest Saint Joan of all?

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Katy Manning rocketed to fame in 1971 as Josephine Grant in Doctor Who alongside Jon Pertwee as the third incarnation of the Doctor, returning some forty years on as Jo Grant in the new series The Sarah Jane Adventures opposite Matt Smith.

Between the two her career has spanned television, film and theatre across three countries. Susan Penhaligon played Frank Finlay’s spoilt daughter Prue in the hugely successful A Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Lucy in the BBC adaptation of Dracula and Judi Dench’s sister Helen in four series of the award winning sitcom A Fine Romance. She has also appeared most recently in the regular role of Jean Hope in Emmerdale.

Philip Meeks’ sell out Edinburgh Festival Fringe play Kiss Me Honey, Honey! won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 before commencing on a successful tour of Scotland.

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