Two of the monologues - Los Feliz and Ben and Joe's - were revived as part of
Californian Lives, an evening of
three monologues by Martin, in separate productions at the King's Head in Islington and the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes, in London in 2013. Featuring Robin Holden, Carolyn Lyster and John Vernon,
the production received widespread praise: "utterly convincing portraits of love" /
"a masterclass in the art of the monologue" / "beautifully written" etc.
"utterly convincing portraits of love"
"a masterclass in the art of the monologue"
reviews of Californian Lives
Martin is the author of two novels, two collections of short stories and several works of non-fiction, details of
which can be found on martinforeman.com.
Apart from a two-act play that he produced in Los Angeles in 1995 and now considers best forgotten,
his career as a dramatist began in 2012, when he wrote four monologues, based on his short stories that were performed at
the SoloFestival of one-performer shows at the Lord Stanley Theatre in London and which won him that year's New Writing Award.
Martin in 2015
In 2013 and 2014, Martin's three one-man plays, Angel, Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice and Tadzio Speaks . . . Death in Venice revisited were
performed in London and on the Edinburgh Fringe. Details and reviews can be found here. All six of Martin's one-(wo)man plays have been
published and are available from Arbery Productions.
Martin's adaptation of Ben Jonson's classic comedy Volpone, which was produced by EGTG at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, will be brought back to the Fringe for a three-week run in 2018.
He has also written a new one-act drama, Casanova Dreaming about the famous libertine, which will premiere at the 2018 Fringe.
Martin's play The Report won the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award and he looks forward to collaborating with PFT on a new play later in the year.
Martin began directing in 2013 with his one-man plays Angel, Now We Are Pope and Tadzio Speaks . . . ably performed by Christopher Annus and Christopher Peacock. In 2016 his direction of J B Priestley's one-act play
The Rose and Crown won the Bob Buchanan trophy at the Eastern Division Finals of the Scottish Community Drama Association. In 2017 he directed his adaptation of Volpone and will do so again in 2018, as well as directing Casanova Dreaming.
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Playscript of the new adaptation
of the classic comedy, with
Mosca and Corbaccia now women
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