I am honoured that my play The Report has won the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award and excited by the opportunity to collaborate on new work with dedicated actors in a theatre with a long history of repertory work. Many thanks to the judges.
Volpone - a new version
Courtesy of Arbery Productions I am bringing two Venetians - one fictional, one historical; one comic, one serious; a famous trickster and a famous lover - to life at the Edinburgh Fringe. My four-star adaptation of Ben Jonson's
Volpone, first seen at the Fringe in 2017, will be
revived as a two-act play. I have also written and will direct a one-act drama, Casanova Dreaming, about Italy's greatest lover. Details on arberyproductions.co.uk.
FEBRUARY 2018: ACTED
AUGUST 2017: DIRECTED
JUNE 2017: ACTED
Portrait of a Painter
90-second film written and directed by Euan Gilmour for Beyond Studios
Apart from half-hearted and ill-informed attempts to act at school and university,
and a brief run of a play I wrote in 1995, my theatrical career began in 2011. I then appeared regularly in fringe theatre and short films in London, specialising in menacing or eccentric characters in late middle-age.
These included Charles the Wrestler in As You Like It, a psycopathic murderer in Clouds of Grey, an eccentric wanderer in The Lower Depths ("I particularly liked Martin Foreman's Luka") and a tormented priest in Angel. My last London appearance was in April 2014 as the Commuter in A Man Who Lost His Mind ("suitably mysterious, baffling and comic"). Since moving to Edinburgh I have appeared on stage as Austen Skate in Alan Ayckbourn's Wildest Dreams at the Assembly Roxy ("a compellingly wheezing, sepulchral version of Uncle Fester"). Film work has included a travel agent in a student film, Death of Hearing, Roy, an abusive - and abused - father in the Creative-Scotland funded short psychodrama Close to the Bone and Man in a Black Suit in the surreal 90-second Portrait of a Painter, from Beyond Studios in February 2018. In May 2018 I will be back on stage as the Thane of Angus in EGTG's production of Macbeth at the Assembly Roxy.
Writing for the theatre
With two novels and two short story collections already published,
in 2012 I began converting some of my stories into one-(wo)man plays. That year I won the annual Solo Festival Award for New
Writing. Since then several of my one-character plays have appeared on the stage in London; three
(Angel, Now We Are Pope
and Tadzio Speaks . . . ) were produced at the Edinburgh
Fringe in 2014. These three scripts were published in 2015 and are available here.
In November 2016 they were joined by the scripts for Californian Lives and in 2017 by my adaptation of Volpone (click link on the right).
Volpone aside, my plays feature characters at a crisis in their lives - often unwittingly revealing themselves to strangers. My writing is dense,
driven by character and often manifest in deep, poetic language. There is humour in my work, but the strongest quality is the
tragedy of the human condition.
Apart from a disastrous attempt with Olwen Wymark's The Inhabitants at university, I began directing in 2013, with Christopher Annus and Christopher Peacock as willing and talented guinea pigs in
the three one-man plays listed above, with successful productions in London and Edinburgh. In 2016 I directed J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown, firstly for Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group ("The Grads") as part of the Scottish Community Drama Association's One-Act Festival - it reached the Eastern Divisional Finals and was awarded the SCDA Bob Buchanan Salver.
Later in the year Arbery Productions brought it to the Edinburgh Fringe where it achieved near sell-out audiences and four-star reviews. In 2017 I adapted the script, with some changes of gender, and directed Ben Jonson's Volpone
for The Grads; thanks to Arbery I will be directing an expanded version of the play at the 2018 Fringe, as well as my new play Casanova Dreaming.
The links above lead to other pages on this website, with details of productions I have been involved in and my acting career.
Samples of my fiction and non-fiction appear on martinforeman.com
Thanks for spending time here. I appreciate your interest.