By Martin Foreman
Featuring Robin Holden, Carolyn Lyster, John Vernon
Director Emma King-Farlow
Theatre production available for revival
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The Writer

Martin Foreman is the author of two novels (Weekend and The Butterfly's Wing), two collections of short stories (A Sense of Loss and First and Fiftieth) and a play (The Benefactor). Born in Scotland and currently living in London, Martin has spent much of his life living and working and in other countries, including three years in Los Angeles.

The monologues in Californian Lives first appeared in longer versions in First and Fiftieth, a collection of first-person narratives that span the globe, genders, ages and sexual orientations. Two of the monologues (Los Feliz and Ben and Joe's) were first performed at the Solo Festival in Camden in 2012, for which Martin won the Solo Festival New Writing Award.

For twenty years, Martin worked in international aspects of HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour and authored / co-authored / edited several groundbreaking publications in the field, most notably AIDS and Men (1999). His writing profile is

Martin occasionally appears as an actor on stage and screen, usually cast as a psychopath and / or villain. His acting profile is

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"Sometimes you talk. Tell your story if you've a mind to. Trouble is, memory changes things. Things you want to forget. Things you want to remember that never happened. Happens to everybody. Gets so, nobody's story's true. Not yours, not mine. But it's all we've got."

Californian Lives is based on stories in Martin Foreman's First and Fiftieth and other stories. First person narratives span the globe from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles, Africa to Nepal, London to Siberia. Men and women, teenagers to grandparents, each speak in a distinctive voice and with intense emotion in this kaleidoscope of human comedy and tragedy.              Signed copies from Arbery Books 6.99 (inc UK p&p)

The e-book from Paradise Press
e-pub 0798 965 5482

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