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Youth Theatre

For four consecutive years, Martin directed a fully-staged youth musical in Cumbria as part of the Bloody Bones Theatre. Taking place at the end of the summer term in Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, a state secondary school with a vast catchment area in the beautiful farming town of Kirkby Stpehen, the project allowed in excess of 200 students of all ages to spend ten days intensively preparing a show for public performance. Martin directed four widely differing musicals: Annie Get Your Gun, Our House, Guys & Dolls and Footloose, taking responsibility for the overall artistic direction of the project, as well as informally mentoring several of the students who took key roles in the production each year.

Martin has also provided workshops for schools and youth theatres, focused equally on singing, audition preparation and devloping the performance skills of children of all ages.

In 2020, Martin contributed a new short play King Arthur's Christmas Presents to the 12 Tiny Plays project created by Fly High Stories and supported by Arts Council England. The project brought together 24 scripts and activities which formed an advent calendar allowing children (of pre-school age and above) and their grown-ups to access a large range of theatrical materials on the theme of Christmas, and was freely available online. King Arthur's Christmas Presents was designed to be strongly interactive, with plenty of music and movement, and was able to be performed at home by a cast as small as two.

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