Playwriting

 
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Martha was selected as one of nine commissioned playwrights to produce a series of sketches for the Jersey Arts Centre whilst it was closed due to the pandemic. Martha's sketches take her readers on unexpected adventures everywhere from a doctor's surgery toilet cubicle to under a table at a wedding.


It's hoped that all the sketches from the 'Scenes from a...' project will be performed at the Arts Centre when health restrictions allow.

Martha also worked as Assistant Director alongside a film crew to shoot her sketch 'Scenes from a... Hiding Place' as a short film, which will premiere at the Arts Centre later this year.

 

Playwriting Portfolio

Martha's debut play was professionally performed when she was just 14 years old. Since then, she has been a writer-in-residence with Paines Plough and RIFT as well as putting on her own work. With ambitions to write for television, Martha is currently working on a sitcom pilot and a short film script.

Magic, Magic, Magic

October 2019 - October 2020

Martha was approached by actor Jonny Labey and director Quentin Beroud to write a one-man show which she finished last year. Inspired by the life of Charlie Chaplin, 'Magic, Magic, Magic' examines the self-destructive quality of masculinity as the protagonist's determination to position himself as the hero of his own story unravels onstage. The piece went to R&D at ArtHouse Jersey in October 2020 with director Phil Griffin.

Howling, RIFT

March - April 2017

Written as part of a month-long residency with RIFT, 'Howling' is a short play about how two half-sisters begin to repair their relationship after the death of the only parent they had in common. Directed by Benedict Hudson, 'Howling' was first performed as a rehearsed reading at STYX space in Tottenham Hale. Following this residency, Martha was selected as one of three writers for a further commission, but funding could not be secured.

Come to Where I'm From, Paines Plough

October 2011 & October 2014

Aged 14, Martha was hand-picked to take part in a residency alongside other local writers and the company's commissioned playwrights - including James Graham. Her monologue 'Sum Puella Bona' took a wry look at her time as the scholarship kid in a public school. She first performed it at the Jersey Opera House before being asked to read it again at the company's CTWIF installation at the Southbank Centre for the London Literary Festival 2014.

Unsex Us Here, Jersey Festival of Words

September 2015

Written to mark the fourth centenary of Shakespeare's death, 'Unsex Us Here' stars three of his heroines, Kate (The Taming of the Shrew), Ophelia (Hamlet) and Viola (Twelfth Night) and gives them the space to confront the Bard over the way they were portrayed by his writing. It was performed as a site-specific production in a Norman Castle for Jersey's literary festival.

We are the Young, Plays Rough

April 2013 & September 2014

Martha's first full-length play, 'We are the Young' sees a group of overly-earnest young people try and fail to stage a groundbreaking piece of theatre. Their constant stumblings, uncertainty and false starts are exacerbated by a voiceover hellbent on sabotaging their efforts. Directed by Martha, extracts were performed twice at new-writing scratch night Plays Rough before the full-length piece was performed at the Jersey Festival of Words 2014. It also made it to the second round of the Theatre503 Writing Award 2016.

Broken Record (Repeat to Fade), New Plays Project

June 2011

Martha's play 'Broken Record (Repeat to Fade)' was selected by renowned dramaturg Claire Grove and the Jersey Arts Trust as a winning entry for this playwriting competition. As the youngest ever entrant and winner, Martha had the opportunity to work with now Artistic Director and CEO of tiata fahodzi, Natalie Ibu to bring her script to life at the Jersey Arts Centre.

Examples of work and more information are available on request...

 
 

Martha's plays on-stage

Howling
Howling

Performed at STYX by Lucy Bond and Laura Haynes

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Unsex Us Here
Unsex Us Here

Performed at Mont Orgueil Castle by Jenny McCarthy, Sheri Burt and Alice Bravery

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We are the Young
We are the Young

Performed at the Jersey Opera House by Joss MacDonald, Alexander Howell-Jackson, Alice Bravery and Michelle Therezien

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Howling
Howling

Performed at STYX by Lucy Bond and Laura Haynes

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