M A R T I N   F O R E M A N

Playwright / Director

"utterly convincing portraits of love " Broadway World

" .. strong piece of theatre" Broadway Baby

"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

" .. well acted and craftily staged" britishtheatreguide.info

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

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My plays are published by Arbery Books. Extracts from the one-man / one-woman plays are often offered as monologues. There is no charge for auditions although I like to hear how they have been received; for other use of the scripts, such as performances or teaching, see performing rights.

 ANGEL One-man play (35 - 40 min) 

Angel Take This Body Martin Foreman

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

Broadway Baby
"Did you set out to destroy my faith? Or were you just playing with words,
debating as we did at school and seminary?"

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.

cast: 1m (40 - 60); simple set

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-2-5, 5.99 (UK post-free)
includes script, introduction and short story on which the play was based

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 CALIFORNIAN LIVES Two one-man, one one-woman plays (35 - 45 min) 

Californian Lives by Martin Foreman

"utterly convincing
portraits of love"
Broadway World

"Freeways? Nothing you can tell me about freeways. I wrote the book on freeways. I know every mile of freeway in LA and Orange Counties. Go on, try me. Name me two cities and I'll tell you how to get from one to the other."

Three 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 m, 25-35, app 35 min
Sunset: 1 f, 60+, app 40 mins
Ben and Joe's : 1 m, 50+, 40 - 45 mins

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-3-2, 5.99 (UK post-free)
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 CASANOVA DREAMING One-act (app 60 mins) play 

Casanova Dreaming by Martin Foreman

"thoroughly entertaining"
"strong and enjoyable" public reviews

"Make your lover your friend and love will last a lifetime.
If your lover is your goddess, you will always suffer."

Asleep in bed with his first true love, nineteen-year-old Giacomo Casanova is visited by an old man who shows him his future. In the dream of the famous eighteenth-century libertine appearthe women who will share his bed - or refuse to share it - and the men who will also play significant roles in his life.

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

120pp, ISBN: 978-0993-3546-5-6, 5.99 (UK post-free)
with notes on Casanova's life and the characters and incidents depicted in the play

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 NOW WE ARE POPE Frederick Rolfe in Venice One-man play (45 - 50 mins) 

Now We Are Pope Frederick Rolfe Martin Foreman

"wonderfully believable"
Everything Theatre

"Make me Pope and I would cleanse the church of the hypocrites and toads and money-lenders. As Pope I would restore the Faith to the lands where it was forgotten. Bring order out of the Chaos that threatens all Europe."

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 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.

1 male, 50 - 65; single set

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-0-1, 5.99 (UK post-free)
includes notes on the real-life and fictional characters on which the play was based

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 TADZIO SPEAKS . . . Death in Venice Revisited One-man play (45 - 50 mins)  

Tadzio Speaks by Martin Foreman

"a deeply personal remembrance and once we're privileged to overhear"
Views from the Gods

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"His gaze was strong, hypnotic. Between us, it said, there is a mystery, a secret that only we share. Occasionally it softened and there were times he almost smiled at me, a slight movement of the mouth, a twinkle in the eye that dissolved as soon as I noticed it. Under that gaze I often shivered, a sensation as keen and as delicate as when I was naked and alone."

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. 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 ...

1 male, 50 - 65; single set

ISBN: 978-0993-3546-1-8, 5.99 (UK post-free)
includes notes on the real-life and fictional characters in Mann's story

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 Ben Jonson's VOLPONE a new version Two acts (2h - 2h 15 mins) 

Ben Jonson's Volpone adapted by Martin Foreman

"thoroughly enjoyable"

All Edinburgh Theatre

"Whomever I choose will be my heir. Clients come daily to my house, with presents of gold and jewels, in the hope that when I die they will receive ten times as much. I am the fox who plays with their hopes and kindness, brushes the gold against their lips and then withdraws it again. What sport that is!"

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.

19 characters (m/f, 18 - 70), doubling possible, several characters either sex

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

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