TV star at Theatre Royal

MARTINA Laird – paramedic Comfort Jones in BBC TV s popular Casualty – and Nathaniel Martello-White share the stage at Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) in Paul Sirett s intense new two hander, Bad Blood Blues. Staged in the studio space, it takes the

MARTINA Laird - paramedic Comfort Jones in BBC TV's popular Casualty - and Nathaniel Martello-White share the stage at Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) in Paul Sirett's intense new two hander, Bad Blood Blues.

Staged in the studio space, it takes the audience on a frank and ethically challenging journey into the world of HIV/Aids drug trials in Africa.

Bad Blood Blues is the seventh production written by Sirett to play at TRSE.

His most recent was Come Dancing (co-written with Ray Davies), which won the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Off-West End production.

Laird, pictured above, plays a senior research academic running a drug trial, while Martello-White is a student working in administration at the hospital where the trials are taking place.

Bad Blood Blues opens on Tuesday and runs until May 9.