BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MAD PROPS: Soho Cinders cast spotlight interviews: Julie Martis playing Sasha

Firstly, tell us about Soho Cinders and what people can expect.

Soho Cinders is really good fun. The songs are infectious, it’s energetic and upbeat, but it also has a thoughtful side – with all the progress we’ve made so far, how far do we still have to travel for truly equal rights? Overall, it’s bloody funny and hopefully you’ll be smiling throughout.

Tell us about your role.

I play Sasha, William’s put-upon assistant. We really see his character in how her treats her. But she’s no passive plot device; she has a backbone and a limit to what she’ll put up with for the sake of her career. You’ll have to come and see the show to find out if she gets her revenge…

How are rehearsals going?

Rehearsals have been fun. There’s a warm atmosphere in the rehearsal room. It’s a really enjoyable show to work on, the cast are brilliant, and the music’s pretty special too.

Do you have a background in performance?

I’ve been working as an actor for a number of years; this is my first musical theatre show and I’m really excited about it. I’ve worked on classical and contemporary theatre, lots of short films, and recently I’ve been filming the new feature film by a wonderful, BAFTA-nominated director. So, watch this space…

How did you get involved with Mad Props?

I first discovered Mad Props as an audience member. I’d been to see their previous shows and the Big Fat Musical Quizzes, and had a lot of fun every time. I knew they were a company I’d love to be involved with. The cast are so talented, the shows are fresh and exciting, and I’d met a number of Mad Props members at social events, and they’re all lovely people!

Why should people come along to see the show?

Speaking from experience, Mad Props shows are always incredibly fun to watch. The music is great, and there’s a lot of humour here too. With all that’s going on in the world, it’s nice to escape into something so wonderfully fun and full of love, with such a positive and inclusive message. And don’t forget – brilliant songs and music.