M A R T I N   F O R E M A N


"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                        
Playwright / Director

"utterly convincing portraits of love " Broadway World

"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

"four stars .. well acted and craftily staged"

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


 MARCH 2018

I am honoured that 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.


Casanova Dreaming

Casanova Dreaming

Volpone - a new version

Courtesy of Arbery Productions I am bringing 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, will be revived as a two-act play. I have also written and will direct a one-act drama, Casanova Dreaming, about Italy's greatest lover. Details on arberyproductions.co.uk.

Portrait of a Painter

Portrait of a Painter

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

Beware the Man in a Black Suit

Ben Jonson's Volpone adapted and directed by Martin Foreman

Edinburgh Fringe 2017

"thoroughly enjoyable ... keep you on your toes ... have you laughing"
All Edinburgh Theatre

He's dying to get rich

In this classic farce wealthy Volpone seeks to become wealthier still by persuading the rich citizens of Venice he is dying, so they will give him presents to become his sole heir.


Kevin Pickering Close to the Bone

Roy in Close to the Bone
a short film from
writer/director Kevin Pickering
producer Lewis Wardrop
commissioned by

Creative Scotland

More information

Acting: stage and screen

Apart from half-hearted and ill-informed attempts to act at school and university, and a brief run of a play I wrote in 1995, my theatrical career began in 2011. I then appeared regularly in fringe theatre and short films in London, specialising in menacing or eccentric characters in late middle-age. These included Charles the Wrestler in As You Like It, a psycopathic murderer in Clouds of Grey, an eccentric wanderer in The Lower Depths ("I particularly liked Martin Foreman's Luka") and a tormented priest in Angel. My last London appearance was in April 2014 as the Commuter in A Man Who Lost His Mind ("suitably mysterious, baffling and comic"). Since moving to Edinburgh I have appeared on stage as Austen Skate in Alan Ayckbourn's Wildest Dreams at the Assembly Roxy ("a compellingly wheezing, sepulchral version of Uncle Fester"). Film work has included a travel agent in a student film, Death of Hearing, Roy, an abusive - and abused - father in the Creative-Scotland funded short psychodrama Close to the Bone and Man in a Black Suit in the surreal 90-second Portrait of a Painter, from Beyond Studios in February 2018. In May 2018 I will be back on stage as the Thane of Angus in EGTG's production of Macbeth at the Assembly Roxy.

Writing for the theatre

With two novels and two short story collections already published, in 2012 I began converting some of my stories into one-(wo)man plays. That year I won the annual Solo Festival Award for New Writing. Since then several of my one-character plays have appeared on the stage in London; three (Angel, Now We Are Pope and Tadzio Speaks . . . ) were produced at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014. These three scripts were published in 2015 and are available here. In November 2016 they were joined by the scripts for Californian Lives and in 2017 by my adaptation of Volpone (click link on the right).

Volpone aside, my plays feature characters at a crisis in their lives - often unwittingly revealing themselves to strangers. My writing is dense, driven by character and often manifest in deep, poetic language. There is humour in my work, but the strongest quality is the tragedy of the human condition.

Directing theatre

Apart from a disastrous attempt with Olwen Wymark's The Inhabitants at university, I began directing in 2013, with Christopher Annus and Christopher Peacock as willing and talented guinea pigs in the three one-man plays listed above, with successful productions in London and Edinburgh. In 2016 I directed J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown, firstly for Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group ("The Grads") as part of the Scottish Community Drama Association's One-Act Festival - it reached the Eastern Divisional Finals and was awarded the SCDA Bob Buchanan Salver. Later in the year Arbery Productions brought it to the Edinburgh Fringe where it achieved near sell-out audiences and four-star reviews. In 2017 I adapted the script, with some changes of gender, and directed Ben Jonson's Volpone for The Grads; thanks to Arbery I will be directing an expanded version of the play at the 2018 Fringe, as well as my new play Casanova Dreaming.


The links above lead to other pages on this website, with details of productions I have been involved in and my acting career. Samples of my fiction and non-fiction appear on martinforeman.com

Thanks for spending time here. I appreciate your interest.

My playscripts from
Arbery Publications

Angel Take This Body Martin Foreman

Angel: Take This Body

Californian Lives by Martin Foreman

Californian Lives:
Three one-(wo)man plays

Now We Are Pope Frederick Rolfe Martin Foreman

Now We Are Pope:
Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Tadzio Speaks . . .
Death in Venice Revisited

Ben Jonson's Volpone adapted by Martin Foreman

Volpone: A New Version

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