Martin began his acting career at age five (not so very long ago!!) when he narrowly missed out on being cast as 'Little Boy Blue'. Mr Hammond, his class teacher when aged 9 and 10 stimulated his first interest in drama and a number of short appearances in various plays followed. A talent for writing emerged around this time and a number of 'radio' plays were written and directed by Martin and his friends, as well as a two act 'Christmas Play' whose title long escapes, and a 'sixth-form' revue.
Grammar School also offered stage opportunities in 'Oh What a Lovely War', which Martin would love to create on the Ockley stage, and Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale' which he co-directed and prompted, and other productions which he helped out as part of the 'back-stage' crew.
A gap of many years followed until Martin moved to Ockley in 1993 and two weeks later he attended the summer production of that year . A chance conversation (actually, I think he was targetted the minute he walked in) found him a member of the society, appearing three weeks later in a Victorian melodrama at Capel Flower Show's centenary dinner. Habeas Corpus followed that autumn when the part of the miserable hypochondriac son Denis was Martin's. He has taken a part or been back stage in almost every production since.
Last updated 25th February 2010.
|Last Tango in Ockley||May 1996||Director / Lighting / Sound / Publicity / Programme|
|Distracted Globe||Set / Lighting / Sound / Publicity / Programme|
|From here to the Library||May 1997||Set construction / Publicity / Programme|
|The Walking Dead||Geoffrey Pilbeam / Publicity / Programme|
|Sweet Caroline Sweet||Nov 1997||Stage Manager / Publicity / Programme|
|Caught on the hop|
|Aladdin||Jan 1998||Wishee Washee / Publicity / Programme|
|The Witching Hour||May 1998||Publicity / Programme|
|What's for Pudding?||Director / Ted / Publicity / Programme|
|After September||Nov 1998||Stage Manager, Set design and painting|
|Dick Whittington||Dec 1999||Idle Jack / Publicity / Programme|
|In a Street||Nov 2000||Publicity / Programme|
|Anyone for Drama?|
|Sand Castles||Nov 2001||Beachcomber / Set|
|Sleeping Beauty||Feb 2003||Director / Posters & programmes|
Say it with Flowers
Much ado about Woman
|Jul 2003||Posters & Programmes|
|Murder by the Book||Feb 2003||Programme|
|Treasure Island||Feb 2008||Director|
|Sinbad the Sailor||Feb 2009||Director / Programme|