Joshua Val Martin

Writer/ Director

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Agent: Giles Smart
Associate Agent: Jennifer Thomas

Film, TV & Theatre

Joshua is a theatre director and playwright from Bolton. He is a freelance drama facilitator and has also worked with abstinence and recovery centres, high-security mental health hospitals and with Staffordshire’s incredible ‘Borderlines’ team.

Joshua has completed the Regional Theatre Young Director's Scheme (New Vic Theatre), Manchester Royal Exchange's Playwright Scheme and Soho Theatre's Writers Lab. 

His play THIS IS NOT AMERICA was a Bruntwood Prize finalist in 2017, with Joshua receiving a Special Commendation from the judges and further development from the Royal Exchange.

His play IN A TOWN SOMEWHERE NORTH OF MILTON KEYNES made the Top 40 of the Bruntwood Prize 2015 and BACK SEAT BETTY was awarded ‘Best Play’ at the LOST One-Act Theatre Festival and ‘Best Drama’ at the Great Manchester Fringe Festival 2015.

As a director he assisted Sara Kestelman on Benjamin Till’s musical BRASS, which went on to win the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production.

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IN A TOWN SOMEWHERE NORTH OF MILTON KEYNES

2018

*Placed in the Top 40, The Bruntwood Prize (2015)

THIS IS NOT AMERICA

*Finalist The Bruntwood Prize 2017 - Winner Special Commendation

Theatre

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BRICK DUST

2017

Arden School of Theatre / The Kings Arms, MCR

As Writer
Dir. Hannah de Ville

OUTLAWS TO INLAWS

2017

Making Productions / Kings Head Theatre

As Writer
Dir. Mary Franklin

A VOCATION

2017

Take Back Theatre / Contact Theatre, MCR

As Writer
Dir. Ian Townsend

WORD ON A WING / PAINTED ARROWS

2016

53Two, MCR

As Writer
Dir. Craig Sanders / Simon Naylor

INSTALLATION, B!RTH FESTIVAL

2016

Royal Exchange, MCR

As Writer

#FINDGRANSMEMORIES

2016

Oldham Coliseum / Kimbo Theatre

(R&D)
As Director

A VOCATION

2016

The Miniaturists / Arcola Theatre

As Writer

PAINTED ARROWS

2016

Irlam Catholic Men’s Club (Irlam Fringe)

As Writer
Dir. Amy Liptrott

AN ODE TO US

2016

Take Back Theatre / Royal Exchange, MCR

As Writer
Dir. Ian Townsend

WORD ON A WING

2015

Gullivers

As Writer
Dir. Alyx Tole

WHY? FESTIVAL

2015

Contact Theatre

As Associate Artist

LARKSONG

2015

New Vic Theatre, Stoke

As Assistant Director
Dir. Gemma Fairlie

UNEARTHED

2015

New Vic Theatre, Stoke

As Assistant Director
Dir. Theresa Heskins

I BELONG TO THE STARS

2015

Royal Exchange, Manchester

As Writer
Dir. Matthew Xia

NOW DEPARTING

2015

The K.A.T

As Writer/ Director

BACK SEAT BETTY

2015

The K.A.T/ LOST Theatre

As Writer
Dir. Esther Dix
*Greater Manchester Fringe Award, Best Drama
*LOST One-Act Theatre Festival, Best Play

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

2014

Royal Exchange, Manchester

As Observing Director
Dir. Derek Bond

THE HIRED MAN

2014

St. James Theatre

As Observing Director
Dir. Nikolai Foster

BRASS

2014

Leeds Varieties

As Assistant Director
Dir. Sara Kestelman
*UK Theatre Award, Best Musical Production

UNION

2014

Belinda’s Bar

As Writer/Director

STRANGEWAYS

2014

The K.A.T/ LOST Theatre

As Writer/Director
*EdFringe Review Pick-Of-The-Fringe

LITTLE OF SHOP OF HORRORS

2013

The K.A.T

As Assistant Director
Dir. James Baker

CABARET

2012

Club Underground

As Director

ORDINARY DAYS

2012

Owens Park Hall

As Director

WHAT'S WRONG WITH ANGRY?

2012

John Thaw Studio

As Director

Other

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Rehearsed Reading - Hoard Festival

2015

New Vic Theatre, Stoke

As Director
Rehearsed reading of playwriting competition runners up for the Hoard Festival 5 minute plays

Reviews

This play is political, topical and necessary. It has a huge heart and is angry but also clear-eyed and tremendous fun… this is a play which demands to be produced’ The Bruntwood Prize (In a Town Something North of Milton Keynes)

‘He has created a vibrant, complex character who speaks a vivid often poetic idiolect: tense, sad, funny, angry, vengeful, needy’ British Theatre Guide (Back Seat Betty)

‘The final scenes present memory as a viscerally violent force, leaving the audience unnerved. Well worth the trip, as long as there’s a pub nearby.’ EdFringe Review (Strangeways)