M A R T I N   F O R E M A N


"at times completely terrifying." The Stage

"physically vivid and playful rendition" britishtheatreguide.info

"I particularly liked ... Martin Foreman's Luka" playstosee.com

"welcome cameo ... suitably mysterious, baffling and comic" viewsfromthegods.co.uk

Playwright / Director

"utterly convincing portraits of love " Broadway World

"emotionally charged and thought-provoking theatre"
The Gay UK

"a masterclass on the art of the monologue" Beige

"writes with great elegance, his words always deeply poetic" Views from the Gods
"compellingly wheezing, sepulchral version of Uncle Fester" All Edinburgh Theatre                        



J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown

22 - 27 August
Venue 9 (theSpace on Niddry Street)

In turns comic, moving and spine-chilling a powerful one-act play by the author of An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways.

Post-war 1940s Britain is cold, rationed and bleak. In a London pub a group of drinkers are complaining about their lives when a stranger enters and makes an unusual request.

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Kevin Pickering Close to the Bone

Roy in Close to the Bone
a short film from
writer/director Kevin Pickering
producer Lewis Wardrop
commissioned by

Creative Scotland

as part of Scottish Shorts 2016

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J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown     The Rose and Crown J B Priestley 2016 copyright Walter Hampson

J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown, directed by Martin Foreman for the Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group ("The Grads") came third in the Eastern Divisional Final of the Scottish Community Drama Association


Apart from half-hearted and ill-informed attempts to act and direct when at school and university, and a brief run of one of my plays in the 1990s, my theatrical career only began in 2011. For about eighteen months I 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. After a year's break, I returned to the stage in April 2014 as a mysterious Commuter in A Man Who Lost His Mind ("suitably mysterious, baffling and comic"). My most recent appearance was as Austen Skate in Alan Ayckbourn's Wildest Dreams at the Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh, where I now live ("a compellingly wheezing, sepulchral version of Uncle Fester").


I have brought my own writing to the stage. 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 have now been published and are available here.

My plays usually 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. In general, older audiences appreciate my work; those whose experience of life is limited are often distracted by the superficial story and do not see the strong currents of emotion and experience that push the narrative along.


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 am directing J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown for The Grads in Edinburgh with a talented cast, as part of the Scottish Community Drama Association's One-Act Festival. It has all the elements I relish in a story - emotion, intellect, conflict and the supernatural; it should make you laugh, it might also make you cry. Details above.

In real life . . .

When not writing and directing, my time is taken up with Arbery Books, an online business specialising in rare and antiquarian books and ephemera. It specialises in gay, lesbian, transgender and sexuality issues, with a very small collection of antiquarian books and Science Fiction and Fantasy.
My playscripts from
Arbery Publications

Angel Take This Body Martin Foreman

Angel: Take This Body

Now We Are Pope Frederick Rolfe Martin Foreman

Now We Are Pope:
Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Tadzio Speaks . . .
Death in Venice Revisited

I also write a very occasional blog on my theatrical work and similar issues and from time to time update Facebook and Twitter.

Moving on

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.

Based in Edinburgh, Martin brings distinctive characters to the stage and an authoritative voice to the ear.

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