Film, TV & Theatre
Bradford born and based, Kat started as an actor working for Northern Broadsides and Shakespeare’s Globe. She made it to the final 4% of BBC Drama Room and final 13% for the BBC Comedy Room. Her TV Drama THE CROSSLEYS made the BAFTA Rocliffe TV Drama Top 10. In 2020 Kat won the Kay Mellor Fellowship, developing a play at Leeds Playhouse and a TV show at Rollem Productions.
TV projects in development include: OUR JOAN (Urban Myth Films), WHIPPED (Rollem), BACK TO BACK (APC Media), FIERCE (Rollem); JOYRIDE (Chalkboard TV/BBC3); THAT FUCKING FAMILY (Rockerdale Studios); THE OPPORTUNISTS (Red Planet).
Kat was part of BBC Writersroom Northern Voices; she developed online content for MyDG – THE DUMPING GROUND (BBC Children’s) and is now writing for HOLBY CITY. Recently, Kat was in an LA writers room for DAY 1s (Matthew Vaughn, Doug Ellin, Hera Pictures).
Kat is also a supported artist of Sheffield Theatres’ The Bank and High Tide’s Playwright Scheme. Theatre work includes: APHRA BEHN (Shakespeare’s Globe); JANE HAIR (Bronte Society); SHIT BUT MINE (Paines Plough); CHILDREN OF WAR (Sheffield Theatres); NOT 19 NOW (Burn Bright), and development of £1 THURSDAYS (Out of Joint); PICK N MIX (Freedom Studios) and CHEAP AS CHIPS (Leeds Playhouse).
‘Kat Martin has a really fresh, funny and grounded voice. Full of heart and exactly the sort of writer that is missing from the current TV drama scene.’
- Jemma Rodgers, Red Productions (Happy Valley, Years and Years)
‘She has a real warmth and energy to her that I find inspiring. I’m excited by the way she talks about infusing her work with her own experiences. She has a really clear voice and her passion for writing comes through on the page. She’s the real McCoy’
- Kay Mellor, Rollem Productions (The Syndicate, A Passionate Woman, Band of Gold)
1 x 40'
Chalkboard TV / BBC 3
New original series at script stage
New series in development
New series at treatment stage
*Shortlisted BAFTA Rocliffe TV Drama
New series at treatment stage
New play commission
Hull Truck / Bronte School House / Barnsley Civic
PICK N MIX
Full-length play in development
Audio Drama Pilot Commission
New Creatives / Tyneside Cinema / BBC Arts
1 x 15'
Script Yorkshire / BBC Radio
1 x 10'
MONKEY SEE (CHILDREN OF WAR)
Short play commission
SHIT BUT MINE
Paines Plough / Sheffield Theatres
Short play commission as part of the Come To Where I Am series
NOTES TO THE FORGOTTEN SHE-WOLVES
1 x 15' Monologue Commission performed in Jan/Feb 2020 at Sam Wannamaker
£1 THURSDAYS (Rehearsed Reading)
Out of Joint
Dir. Kate Wasserberg
The Brontë Society
Site specific production touring hair salons in Bradford, commissioned by The Brontë Society
TALES OF GRIMM WOOD
Leeds Town Hall
3 x 30' plays
BFI / Live Cinema / Lawrence Batley Theatre
Immersive promenade performance culminating in a scripted performance at the Lawrence Batley Theatre prior to screening of the feature film Suffragette.
Interactive Online content partnered with The Dumping Ground TV Series
'It’s important that people feel that theatre is relevant to them and, from the moment we met Kat, we knew she could write for the world we live in now. She has a real warmth and energy to her that I find inspiring, and I’m excited by the way she talks about infusing her work with elements of her own experiences. She has a really clear voice and her passion for writing comes through on the page. She’s obviously hungry to get started and I personally cannot wait to work with Leeds Playhouse to develop this new Yorkshire voice.' - Kay Mellor (Band of Gold, Fat Friends and The Syndicate)
‘Kat Martin has a really fresh, funny and grounded voice. Full of heart and exactly the sort of writer that is missing from the current TV drama scene she works hard and with a bit of nurturing could easily become a contender to the new breed of Northern voices following in the steps of Sally Wainwright and Kay Mellor.’ - Jemma Rodgers, Red Productions (Happy Valley, Years and Years)
‘Kat’s work has a humour, rootedness and truth that is reminiscent of the great Andrea Dunbar, with whom she shares a home town. Her play £1 Thursdays is a raw and compassionate coming of age story that has the potential to connect with audiences hungry to see their own experiences reflected on the stage, and has special relevance to that sought after thing in the theatre - a young audience. Hers is the voice of a Britain we rarely hear – female, northern, working class, funny and furious.’ - Kate Wasserberg, Out of Joint Theatre (Rita Sue and Bob Too, Consent)