After spending years living in university changing rooms, on his friend’s sofas, and his late-Grandad’s flea-infested house – Josh was so happy to have found the perfect affordable flat online. Josh met the lovely landlord and paid the deposit there and then. The next day, the landlord went missing. Many years later, Josh couldn’t forget his name: James Eaton James. With a few leads and too much time on his hands, Josh decided to become a private investigator and track down this man with The Unforgettable Name. This is a new one-man show based on Josh’s own true story about a petty criminal and a pettier tenant that asks big questions of housing and home.
Josh – or Val – is a writer from Bolton, having developed with the SOHO Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre’s respective playwrighting schemes. His work includes musicals for Central School of Speech and Drama and at Hope Mill Theatre, documentary plays for Northampton Royal and Derngate and the New Vic Theatre, and his play This Is Not America won the Bruntwood Commendation Prize in 2017. Most recently, he’s worked in a writers room on a new SKY television series; written, performed and toured a one-man show; and is currently finishing two new plays commissioned by Silent Uproar and Initiative Arts respectively. Aside from writing, Val has had visual art shown and sold at Gallerí 78 Iceland and earns his bread and butter having founded ‘Free Manchester Walking Tours’ and the Manchester LGBT+ Walking Tour over seven years ago. During the pandemic, Val completed a History MA from the University of Manchester with help from his dog, Alan.
Jez Dolan is a visual artist and performance maker based in Manchester. His work explores queerness and identity through the codification of language, with a specific focus on secrecy. Jez has recently shown work at: The British Museum, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Bury Art Gallery & Sculpture Centre, Gallery 78, Reykjavik Iceland, HOME, Manchester, The National Gallery of Iceland, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London amongst others. He has undertaken a wide range of commissions and residencies including, the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Drawing School and The Schwules* Museum Berlin. He has received a number of awards from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
He won the Cass Art Prize for his MA show ‘Magpies’ as part of New Art West Midlands at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Jez has work in a number of public and private collections internationally including, The British
Museum, The Government Art Collection, The Leslie Lohman Museum NYC, The Schwules* Museum Berlin and The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.
Cast & Creative Team Writer/Performer: JOSHUA VAL MARTIN
Director: JEZ DOLAN
Associate Producer: DAVID DOLAN-MARTIN