M A R T I N   F O R E M A N

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

"words always deeply poetic" Views from the Gods

"four stars .. well acted and craftily staged"

"four stars .. thoroughly enjoyable .. have you laughing"
All Edinburgh Theatre

"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

"compellingly wheezing, sepulchral version of Uncle Fester" All Edinburgh Theatre                        



My plays are published by Arbery Books. The links are to that website, where the scripts can be purchased (post-free in the UK).

 ANGEL Take This Body 

Angel Take This Body Martin Foreman For years a middle-aged priest has devoted his life to God and fought daily against the temptations of the flesh. Fearing for his immortal soul he confronts the man - or angel or demon - who haunts him. A rare depiction of conflict between desire and faith and the spiritual agony that celibacy imposes.

One-man, one-act
35 - 40 minutes
1 male, middle-aged actor
single set

52-page book
includes script, introduction and short story on which the play was based

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-2-5, 5.99 (UK post-free) from Arbery Books

"a strong piece of theatre and well worth the mental energy required of the audience"
Broadway Baby

 CALIFORNIAN LIVES Three one-(wo)man plays 

Californian Lives by Martin Foreman Three very different Californians tell their stories. In Los Feliz, a young salesman in a diner tells how he met the woman of his dreams. In Ben and Joe's an older gay man relates how lives were disturbed by the arrival of a young stranger in a quiet bar. In Sunset a housewife remembers her first date, the man she married and their time together.

Los Feliz : 1 male, 25-35, single set, app 35 minutes
Ben and Joe's : 1 male, 50+, single set, 40 - 45 mins
Sunset : 1 female, 60+, single set, app 40 mins

plays can be performed separately or together

58-page book with introduction and background

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-3-2, 5.99 (UK post-free) from Arbery Books

"utterly convincing portraits of love"
Broadway World

 CASANOVA DREAMING "The greatest master of all is Passion" 

Casanova Dreaming by Martin Foreman Asleep in bed with his first true love, nineteen-year-old Giacomo Casanova is visited by an old man who shows him his future - but is what he sees a promise or a warning?

One-act play based on the life of the famous eighteenth-century libertine, first produced August 2018 at Edinburgh Fringe.

approximately 60 minutes
sixteen characters that can be played by 7 (3m, 4f) actors
single set

120-page book includes script, foreword, notes on real-life characters and incidents depicted in the play, chronology and bibliography

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-5-6, 5.99 (UK post-free) from Arbery Books

 NOW WE ARE POPE Frederick Rolfe in Venice 

Now We Are Pope Frederick Rolfe Martin Foreman Born in London in 1860 and dying in Venice in 1913, writer Frederick Rolfe ("Baron Corvo") is best known for his novel Hadrian the Seventh, in which a man long denied the priesthood is suddenly elected Pope. Drawing heavily on Rolfe's writings, Now We Are Pope depicts the man on the last day of his life, his thoughts both spirital and carnal, his memories caustic and unforgiving.

one-act, 45 - 50 minutes
1 male, 50 - 65, single set

46-page book
includes script, introduction and notes on the real-life and fictional characters on which the play was based

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-0-1, 5.99 (UK post-free) from Arbery Books

"wonderfully believable"
Everything Theatre

 TADZIO SPEAKS ... Death in Venice revisited 

Tadzio Speaks by Martin Foreman In Thomas Mann's novella and Luchino Visconti's film Death in Venice the aging Gustav von Aschenbach becomes obsessed with the beauty of 14-year-old Tadzio. A silent relationship grows between them, binding the old man fatally to Venice. In Tadzio Speaks ... decades later the boy remembers that fateful summer. What went through his mind when he realised what was happening? What impact did it have on his adult life? Finally, Tadzio speaks ...

one-act, 45 - 50 minutes
1 male, 50 - 65, single set

52-page book includes script, introduction and notes on the real-life and fictional characters on which Death in Venice was based

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-1-8, 5.99 (UK post-free) from Arbery Books

"deeply poetic"
Views from the Gods

 Ben Jonson's VOLPONE a new version He's dying to get rich 

Ben Jonson's Volpone adapted by Martin Foreman Aided by servant Mosca, Volpone convinces the wealthy citizens of Venice he is on his deathbed, prompting them to shower him with gifts in order to become his heir. Complications arise when merchant Corvino is persuaded to offer his wife to bring Volpone back to health and English tourists get involved in other schemes. Four hundred years old, Ben Jonson's rollicking comedy challenges modern audiences. This modern version sees the script shortened and updated and key characters Mosca and Corbaccia now women.

12 scenes (2 acts), 2 hours (plus interval)
19 characters (m/f, 18 - 70), doubling possible, several characters either sex single or multiple set

126-page book includes script and introduction

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-1-8, 5.99 (UK post-free) from Arbery Books

"thoroughly enjoyable"
All Edinburgh Theatre

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