Birthday laughs at Salisbury

LAURA Main, best known as Sheila Turner in Call the Midwife, is still in the baby business in Chris Chibnall’s new play, One Last Push, which has its world premiere at Salisbury Playhouse, directed by Wiltshire Creative’s artistic director Gareth Machin, from 15th February to 9th March.

She joins Sam Alexander, Valerie Antwi, Sherry Baines, James Gaddas and David Partridge One in this new comedy about the unexpected and often hilarious dramas of childbirth – what happens when one of life’s most magical events gets hijacked… by life itself.

Chris Chibnall is best known for creating and writing the award-winning crime drama Broadchurch and also worked as showrunner on Doctor Who between 2018 and 2022. Chris returns to Salisbury Playhouse where his comedy The Worst Wedding Ever had its premiere in 2014. It was revived in 2017 at Salisbury Playhouse before its subsequent national tour.

Jen (Laura Main) and Mark (Sam Alexander) have done the NCT classes. They’ve written the birth plan, in precise detail. They’ve even got the birth pool ready in the living room of their new flat. Almost. Everything is set for the perfect, calm, idyllic home birth.  Except they’ve reckoned without intrusive family, nosy neighbours, uninvited guests and a new flat full of unwelcome surprises …

Sam Alexander, who previously appeared in How the Other Half Loves at Salisbury, has recently been in the acclaimed production of Machinal at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov studio. His television credits include Doc Martin, Call the Midwife and Wolf Hall. Apart from Call the Midwife, Laura Main’s theatre credits include a recent tour of Steel Magnolias, Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It both at Regents Park Open Air Theatre.