Martin Travers

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Martin Travers

Martin Travers is a playwright, lyricist and creative producer based in Lanark. Martin was a recipient of a Writers Project from the Playwrights Studio, Scotland's in 2014, has been on writing attachment with the National Theatre of Scotland and been through the Playwrights Studio, Scotland's mentoring scheme.

Martin's radical adaptation of Glasgow Girl Jessie M King's The Little White Town of Never Weary  for Scottish Opera toured nationally in May 2016. The tour was featured on the national news. The trailer for the production has had over 65,000 hits on YouTube.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Martin's World War One musical The Rifles was performed in November 2015 by a cast of 30, a nine piece professional band, a piper and a choir of sixty students from New College Lanarkshire.  Directed by award winning director Guy Hollands, The Rifles was supported by a large scale workshop programme and was seen by over 2,500 people.

His play Scarfed for Life was a finalist of Creative Carbon Scotland's Sustainable Practice Awards 2016. This autumn tour was seen by over 2,000 young people and adults and was part of the Edinburgh Fringe before performances at The Beacon in Greenock, the Oran Mor in Glasgow and secondary schools across Glasgow.

Scarfed for Life has had four professional productions and two community productions and has toured Scottish prisons, schools and has been performed in theatre venues throughout the country. The adult version of Scarfed for Life was published by Bloomsbury in October 2013. A new second edition of the play, specifically for secondary schools, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2014. Scarfed for Life is currently being studied in all Glasgow secondary schools and participating in supporting workshops led by Sense over Sectarianism. Faith in Community Scotland has also run workshops on the play for the last three years throughout the central belt.

His one woman show Miss Shamrock's world of Glamorous Flight was part of the Play, Pie and a Pint autumn 2014 season at the Oran Mor and starred award winning Scottish actor Pauline Knowles.

Martin's musical adaption of Theresa Breslin's multi-award winning novel Divided City for the Citizens Theatre is now the longest running participatory theatre in education project in the history of Scottish theatre. The play has been seen by over 18,600 people and 2,154 young people have performed in a production. The project is directly funded by the Scottish Government and has partnered Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Renfrewshire Council and will be happening in West Dunbartonshire from August 2016 to March 2017.    

Divided City  was also performed by Irish pupils from local schools to over 2500 people as part of the Derry/ Londonderry City of Culture in 2013.

Divided City was published by Bloomsbury as part of their Critical Scripts series in January 2013. The Abridged Musical Edition of Divided City was published by A & C Black in February 2014.

In 2012, directed by award winning director Amanda Gaughan, his play Roman Bridge was the centre piece of the National Theatre of Scotland's Reveal season. The Roman Bridge play script was printed by Bloomsbury.

In 2010 he worked with prisoners to create the script for the large scale Platform 2:10 project that culminated in four live performances in the chapel at HMP Barlinnie. Platform 2:10 was part of Creative Scotland's ground breaking Inspiring Change initiative. The script for Platform 2:10 won a gold Koestler Trust Award in 2012.


Press Quotes

"eloquent and forceful" The Scotsman

"a major new voice might just have been heard" The Herald

"the greatest pleasure is Travers' muscular dialogue, at once flinty and naturalistic and richly lyrical, which marks him out as a new voice to relish in the future" The List

"From droll anecdote to chilling wake up call. The humour comes with hints of coquettish sauce and barbed asides but there's an innocence in Miss Shamrock's outlook that is doomed in the end. Sit back and enjoy Miss Knowles in top form." The Herald

"Scarfed for Life is a loud, lively piece about sectarianism in Glasgow . . . a mix of broad, mouthy comedy and serious agitprop" The Scotsman Magazine

"Writer Martin Travers clearly enjoys playing with language, and he is keen for us to share his pleasure, so the script moves frequently and swiftly from uses of rich Irish dialect to moments of lyrical beauty. The intelligent choices here are a very important aspect of how immersive this production is." 

"Hugely enjoyable monologue,performed with terrific verve and poignancy... plenty of space for a brilliant solo performance, full of dazzlingly funny one-liners, and sharp social insights." The Scotsman


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