M A R T I N   F O R E M A N

Author / Director / Playwright / Actor

"utterly convincing portraits of love " Broadway World

" .. strong piece of theatre" Broadway Baby

"emotionally charged and thought-provoking theatre" The Gay UK

"a masterclass on the art of the monologue" Beige

"words always deeply poetic" Views from the Gods

" .. well acted and craftily staged" britishtheatreguide.info

".. thoroughly enjoyable .. have you laughing" All Edinburgh Theatre

"the script is ingeniously structured" All Edinburgh Theatre

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Apart from brief forays in youth and middle-age, my serious interest in drama began in 2011. I was living in London, took acting courses and appeared in fringe theatre and short films. Since moving back to Edinburgh I have concentrated more on writing and directing works for the stage. As an actor I no longer appear in theatre; I have just completed a day's shooting for a short film that should appear in August 2021.

Covid-19 ended my plans for stage productions in 2020 and 2021. This page looks at my productions 2018-2021. For current and future work see the home page and for earlier work, see 2015-17 and 2011-14.


The Report

"part corporate hearing, part hellish nightmare ... probably worth the ticket price on its own"
All Edinburgh Theatre

The Report is in Bytesize Theatre, a trio of online plays from EGTG in this year's Edinburgh Fringe. The first outing for my 15-minute drama, which won the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award in 2018.

View on demand on the Fringe Player until Monday 30th August. Tickets cost 7.50 plus minimum £1.25 booking fee. Book here.


My one-woman play, Sunset ran for eight performances in the Edinburgh Fringe. First produced at the King's Head Theatre in London in 2013 with Carolyn Lyster, I revised the text to bring it from California, where it was originally set, to the UK. I was honoured to have Maggie Macleod portray the grandmother at the end of a long day. Only one reviewer came, but gave it four stars. Details on arberyproductions.co.uk. We are planning to take it on tour in small theatres in Scotland in 2020.


Casanova Dreaming

the production
the playscript

the production
the playscript (my adaption)

Courtesy of Arbery Productions I brought two Venetians - one fictional, one historical; one comic, one serious; a famous trickster and a famous lover - to life at the Edinburgh Fringe. My four-star adaptation of Ben Jonson's Volpone, first seen at the Fringe in 2017, was revived as a two-act play. My one-act drama, Casanova Dreaming, about Italy's greatest lover received its premiere at the Fringe. The public enjoyed both productions; some critics were less enthusiastic. Details on arberyproductions.co.uk.


I received the August Bronze Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film in the Queen Palm International Film Festival for Roy in Kevin Pickering's Close to the Bone.


"at times completely terrifying" The Stage

"physically vivid and playful rendition" britishtheatreguide.info

"I particularly liked ... Martin Foreman's Luka" playstosee.com

"welcome cameo ... suitably mysterious, baffling and comic" viewsfromthegods.co.uk

"compellingly wheezing, sepulchral version of Uncle Fester" All Edinburgh Theatre                        

The reviews above come from intermittent appearances on stage during the last six years. I have, however, become increasingly aware of my limitations as an actor in the theatre, where retakes are impossible and which requires intense, uninterrupted focus on a character and an ability to combine speech, expressions, gestures such that the audience is convinced that the character exists far beyond the scene and stage where they momentarily appear. I may be able to convey that in short sequences in a film but do not have the talent to do so night after night in a theatre.

I have therefore decided to stop seeking roles on stage. Although I may still take on appearances in film, my creative focus is now on writing for and directing in the theatre.

 MAY 2018 ACTOR  

EGTG Macbeth

2-act drama adapted and directed by Naomi Wallis-Ryder
for EGTG


My play The Report has won the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award and excited by the opportunity to collaborate on new work with dedicated actors in a theatre with a long history of repertory work. Many thanks to the judges.


Portrait of a Painter

90-second film written and directed by Euan Gilmour
for Beyond Studios


2011-14         2015-17



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