The Writer and Stories
A Sense of Loss
In Thomas Mann's and Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice, we see Gustav von Aschenbach become increasingly obsessed with the beautiful young teenager Tadzio.
The two never speak and we never learn how the boy feels about the older man. Until now.
A priest prays to the Virgin. "Have pity on this fearful, defiant servant.
Forgive him his past sins and bring him strength in the ordeal to come." Then a visitor arrives and the priest must lay bare his soul.
Ben and Joe's
In a bar in the San Fernando Valley every afternoon a group of older gay men escape from the heat and dull lives. When one of their number brings in a young companion everything changes.
A man separated from his wife and child finds his life reduced to a small apartment, a dead-end job and endless days driving on the freeways.
Then he meets the woman who comes to mean everything to him.
Martin Foreman is the author of two novels - Weekend (1990) and The Butterfly's Wing (1996) - and two collections of
short stories, including the originals from which these four plays have been developed.
A Sense of Loss was developed from the title story in a short story collection published by Gay Men's Press in
1993. Angel, Ben and Joe's and Los Feliz appeared in First and Fiftieth,
(Paradise Press, 2002) a collection of first-person narratives, ranging from a teenage boy in middle England to a grandmother in New England.
In 1995 Martin wrote and produced The Benefactor, a full-length play derived from a story in A Sense of Loss. In his
wilder moments he thinks about repeating that folly.
Between 1987 and 2006 Martin researched and wrote many publications on the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS in the developing
world. In that field he is best known for AIDS and Men (1999).
More of Martin's writing can be seen on martinforeman.com. He
also blogs regularly at actserious.blogspot.co.uk.
Copies of Martin's books will be available on the days of performance. To order online:
A Sense of Loss
First and Fiftieth
The Butterfly's Wing
All Martin's titles will be published as e-books by the end of 2012. Extracts from First and Fiftieth can be read
Barry Clarke Ben and Joe's
Barry's theatre includes: Hamlet, The Maias, The Duchess of Malfi and The Erpingham Camp at Greenwich Playhouse. Julius Caesar (Théâtre de Verdure, Paris); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest & Antigone (Bridewell); Dick Lothario Goes Tits Up! (Café de Paris); Facades (Riverside Studios); Twelfth Night (Festival Shakespeare du Quercy, s.w. France); The Canterbury Tales (Southwark Playhouse); Deborah Warner’s Julius Caesar (Barbican); Breaking the Code (Best Actor Award)(Chicago). Films include: Still Waters Run Deep (Michael St John Savva) and The Monologue (Frayo Films). TV includes: Disputed Identity (The Tichborne Claimant)(ITV).
Chris Annus A Sense of Loss
After studying English and Drama at Leeds, Chris performed new and experimental drama while teaching both children and adults and working in project management in the public sector. This is a welcome return after a few years absence from the stage.
Martin Foreman Angel
Martin is a latecomer to acting. His most recent role was as the mystic tramp Luka in
The Lower Depths, in the Lord Stanley. For full credits, click
Robin Holden Los Feliz
Robin trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Theatre credits include:
Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi and Hamlet in Hamlet at the Greenwich Playhouse;
King Philip in Don Carlos, Macbeth in Macbeth, Iago in Othello and Marc Antony in Julius Caesar at the Blue Elephant;
Ensemble in Judgement at Nuremberg at the Tricycle Theatre;
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde in The Scandalous Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at the Union &
Tabard Theatres (nominated Best Actor 2011 Off West End Awards); Razumikhin in Crime and Punishment and Angel Clare in Tess of the D'Urbervilles at the Barons Court Theatre.
Film credits include:
Robin is also a qualified vet, ski instructor and phlebotomist.
Emma-King Farlow director of Angel and Los Feliz
Emma is the founder and Artistic Director of Shadow Road Productions. Directing credits include Lucille Fletcher’s Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitch-Hiker; Guy van der Westhuizen’s Oswald's Return; David Ives' Time Flies; C.S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Jean Anouilh's Antigone. She has also devised and directed four original productions: The Road to Remembrance, A Countdown to Christmas, Warriors: Remembering the Brave and, most recently, Diamond Days: A Victorian Jubilee Celebration, commissioned by the Barnes Literary Society.