Until now he’s just known Mum, Dad and his sister. Life is safe, settled and secure. Yes, he’s been curious about his origins but no more than that. As he turns eighteen, much to everyone’s surprise, it’s Martha, his birth mother and Melissa, his birth sister who come looking for him. The events that follow, leave Joel embroiled in a family history, that changes his life and identity forever.
There’s long been a fascination with blood ties and those broken, reunited and reshaped. Adoption reunion is epic and complex in nature and never easy, but it's this unease that needs to be heard.
Giving Up Marty is a brand new play by Karen Bartholomew. Spare and gutsy, it takes no prisoners.
Coram/Paines Plough/Soho Theatre/ - R+D audience reactions
'This important piece of theatre! It truly represents a ‘slice of life’ that often is not presented or explored.'
'Anything that demystifies adoption is good thing.'
'It is not something that is ever going to disappear from our western nuclear family societal structure. I do not have any friend who does not know someone who is one of those characters.'
'You don’t often see this stuff on stage/film/tv that deals with so many sides of the adoption story.'
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Motormouse Productions is a female led company based in the South East. We tackle challenging topics with a political, social and cultural flavour, always injecting humour where it counts. Our work seeks to engage and benefit local communities wherever possible.
We have toured and performed in new writing festivals, London fringe and regional theatres. In 2017 our play 'God's Waiting Room' told the story of two sisters dealing with their mother’s impending death. We connected with hospices, death cafes and the NHS, who went on to commission performances and bespoke theatre for their end-of-life services. We have steadily built a reputation for authentic and robust theatre created in Kent. Our work has kindly been supported by Arts Council England, Unity Theatre Trust, Kent Arts Investment Award & the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.
PLAYWRIGHT and actress Karen has been writing since her study period in Sacramento. She wrote a play called - 'Motormouse', a parody on the ‘Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.' Her lecturer didn’t understand it at all. She was awarded an A+. Stand up, character comedy, radio and theatre work followed, along with creating Motormouse Productions. Collaborations include, BBC, Paines Plough, Making Waves, Bootleg Theatre, SheWrites, CommentUK and Wordsmithery. Giving Up Marty receives its premiere at the VAULT Festival, followed by tour dates.
DIRECTOR Annie has made & directed over 30 ensemble projects, often in public places, with young people & global communities. She has worked with companies such as Hampstead Theatre, Royal Court, The Globe, Theatre Centre, Unicorn, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Cheltenham Everyman & Cheltenham Literature Festival. As an actor she has performed in the West End, the Royal Opera House and several Off West End shows. She has played to audiences at Salisbury Playhouse, Colchester Mercury, Manchester Royal Exchange, Leicester Curve, Wycombe Swan & Theatre Royal Bath.Book Now
Playwright & Producer - Karen Bartholomew
Director - Annie Sutton
Stage Manager - Dylan Tate
Sound Designer - Sam Glossop
Lighting Designer - Anna Reddyhoff
MARTHA - Dorothy Lawrence
MELISSA - Natasha Atkinson
JOEL - Danny Hetherington
FEMI - Ugo Nelson
KIT - Alexis Leighton
London Pub Theatres ★★★★ ‘Poignant, funny and beautifully accurate’
Everything Theatre ★★★★ ‘Many theatre lovers have missed this gem of a play that deserves more exposure'
Remote Goat ★★★★ 'Death explored in a brave way'
Scotsman ★★★'Neville has a bright eye for what, in the early seventies, passed for neat ideas and natty outfits, dressing her set with the kitschest of tastes and peppering her monologue with some great one-liners... '
The Stage ★★★ 'Both writing and acting are well observed and Neville keeps up a strong rapport with her audience'
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