Joshua Val Martin

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Giles Smart
Assistant: Ellie Byrne

Film, TV & Theatre

Joshua Val Martin is a playwright, from Bolton.

His play THIS IS NOT AMERICA won the 2017 Bruntwood Prize commendation award. 

He has written two full-length musicals - I’M AFRAID OF AMERIKANS and A PERMANENT STATE OF EMERGENCY - both both for the final year students of the Central School of Speech and Drama, and directed by Sue Dunderdale. The latter is being performed next year at Hope Mill Theatre, as part of their Powerhouse Plays programme.

His play A VOCATION: 49 SCENARIOS FOR GAY MEN, has been performed frequently, including at The Arcola Theatre by The Miniaturists, at the Contact Theatre by Take Back Theatre Collective and at Bury Art Gallery, performed by artist Jez Dolan and commissioned by Manchester Pride. He also made a piece of visual narrative art for an exhibition curated by Jez Dolan - ‘Ten Instructions for Queer Artists’ (Gallery 78, Reykjavik Iceland).

Currently, he is working on an episode for a new SKY television drama. 

Next year, he will perform and tour his play TELL ME IF I TALK TOO FAST, and his documentary play 60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL will be performed again at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Theatre. His play IN A TOWN SOMEWHERE NORTH OF MILTON KEYNES, which was in the Bruntwood Prize top-40 in 2015, will be touring late-2021.

Josh trained with RTYDS at the New Vic Theatre, and as part of SOHO Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre’s respective playwright programmes. Aside from writing, he founded Free Manchester Walking Tours six years ago, regularly sharing Manchester’s story with the world.

In Development

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TELL ME IF I TALK TOO FAST

2020

Oldham Coliseum Theatre / Bury Pride / The Edge Chorlton

As Writer/Performer
Dir. Josh Coates

TAKING STOCK

2020

Sky

Writers Room / Episode

60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL

2020

Northampton Royal & Derngate

Co-Writer

A PERMANENT STATE OF EMERGENCY

2020

Hope Mill Manchester

R&D Performance

IN A TOWN SOMEWHERE NORTH OF MILTON KEYNES

Oldham Coliseum / Northampton Royal & Derngate

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

THIS IS NOT AMERICA

*Winner Special Commendation The Bruntwood Prize 2017

Theatre

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GUIDED MISSILES

2019

Anthony Burgess Centre

As Writer/Performer

A PERMANENT STATE OF EMERGENCY

2019

Central School of Speech and Drama

As Writer
Dir. Sue Dunderdale

I'M AFRAID OF AMERIKANS

2018

Central School of Speech and Drama

As Writer
Dir. Sue Dunderdale

60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL

2018

Northampton Royal & Derngate

As Writer
Dir. Andy Routledge

THIS IS NOT AMERICA

2017

Bush Theatre (R&D)

As Writer
Dir. Matthew Xia

OUTLAWS TO INLAWS

2017

Kings Head Theatre Islington

As Writer
Dir. Patrick Wilde

A VOCATION

2017

Take Back Theatre / Contact Theatre, MCR

As Writer
Dir. Ian Townsend

WORD ON A WING

2016

53Two, MCR

As Writer
Dir. Craig Sanders / Simon Naylor

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

WHY? FESTIVAL

2015

Contact Theatre, MCR

As Associate Artist

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

Kings Arms Theatre, MCR

As Writer/ Director

BACK SEAT BETTY

2015

Kings Arms Theatre, MCR / LOST Theatre, Stockwell

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

BRASS

2014

Leeds Varieties

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

UNION

2014

Belinda’s Showbar

As Writer/Director

STRANGEWAYS

2014

University of Manchester / Kings Arms Theatre, MCR / LOST Theatre, Stockwell / Edinburgh Festival Fringe

As Writer/Director

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)