The Gemma Factor starts tonight, Tuesday 9th March at 10.30pm.
Set in West Yorkshire, it tells the tale of Gemma Collinge who wants to be famous and hounded by the world's press by the time she turns 21.
Gemma is played by newcomer Anna Gilthorpe (represented by Scott Marshall Partners), originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Anna recently graduated from The Royal Academy of Music after studying musical theatre. She is also a veteran of the NYMT.
Living in a tiny backwater, Gemma dreams of escaping to the Big Smoke for the bright lights and all its trappings – soon.
Supporting her in her dream are her high-camp friend Jeff and her more grounded workmate, Nell. But Gemma lives with her no-nonsense Nan, who has absolutely no understanding of her all-consuming aspiration.
Gemma is sweet, desperately naïve and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. An agent who has a criminal record for allegedly selling a panto dancer into the white slave trade is no barrier, nor are a string of gigs barely touching the periphery of the entertainment business. Gemma remains undeterred, relentlessly optimistic and wholly endearing.
A breath of fresh optimism through the eyes of a determined starlet...