I’m a Scottish comedian, writer and actor living in London.
Recently I have been working with Griff Rhys Jones, on his new solo tour ‘Where am I?” You can also hear me as a main character on London Necropolis Railway, a seven-part radio drama starring Alex Lawther.
In 2017 I took my first solo character comedy show, Dante’s History of the Banished, to the Edinburgh Fringe for 2 weeks. In it I played characters from history and literature that had been exiled and attempted to perform all of King Lear as King Lear in under 10 years.
“Martin is talented in every style she pursues and like her Italian forbears, is a real Renaissance woman” – Broadway Baby
I returned to the Fringe the following year with a brand new show, The 24/7 Club , this time performing as historical figures with my birthday (the 24th July) in an enchanted speakeasy…
“This is one of the most compelling shows you can see this year. It is charming, hilarious and beautiful. An absolute must-see.” – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
This year I performed as part of the Gilded Balloon pay-what-you-want fringe with my latest show Scrapbook. This show was half stand-up, half character comedy and explored how memory affects our history. In it I delved into my own family history and reflected on how we’ll be remembered as the past year with the three key “census” life events: Birth, Marriage and Death.
“This show is a fun filled hoot that is family friendly and also educational.” – The Phoenix Remix
I moved from Edinburgh to London in 2014 to study Writing & Producing Comedy with Channel 4 at the National Film and Television School. I have been performing and coaching improv for ten years and regularly perform in London and at other UK comedy festivals.
I’ve written for TV and online sketch shows on BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 4 and often pop-up in sketches like this Quickie for BBC Three:
For more cameos and interviews look at Featured.
Training includes National Youth Theatre, RADA Voice and Contemporary Scene Work, Royal Academy of Scotland Shakespeare Intensive and Phil Burgess (Doc Brown) Clowning.
Glitch is an improvised comedy show performed by a cast of puppets for adults. Using table top Bunraku-style puppetry, Glitch improvise a brand new adventurous, action-packed and often emotional story from scratch at every performance.
There is a Glitch Cabaret Show every month at Hoopla, The Miller. We can be found regularly on the London circuit and have performed at festivals in Edinburgh, Brighton, Birmingham and Shambala.
“Heartwarming improvised show from potty-mouthed puppets” – The List
“Like watching a mix between The Muppets, Avenue Q and a really awesome action movie, made up on the spot.” – Steve Roe, Hoopla Improv Comedy Club