COMING UP

GIVING UP MARTY
By Karen Bartholomew


‘Don’t you want to find your Birth Mother?’
‘It’s history, what’s the point of raking up the past?’
 
But what if the past comes to you?
    
   
A brand new play for 2018

Joel (Marty)  is the last of four children and the only one given up for adoption. He begins a wonderful childhood growing up with his older adopted brother and loving parents. Joel’s hint at his past gives him little reason to search for his birth family but as he approaches eighteen and much to everyone else’s surprise the tables turn when Martha, his birth mother comes looking for him. The events that follow leave Joel embroiled in a family history which changes his life and identity forever.
    
















​​Adoption is a hugely emotive and complex subject and not easily conveyed in a dramatic format. We have a challenge ahead of us, but one we feel equipped to deliver through a period of R&D culminating in two rehearsed readings programmed for Adoption Week in October 2018. ​​

We also delighted to have an interactive session as part of the Paines Plough Roundabout Festival - Margate -21st September 3.30pm

https://painesplough.com/project/roundabout
 
We will be presenting some short extracts from the play, as part of a rehearsed reading, followed by a facilitated discussion exploring the perceptions around adoption and reunions.
 
We particularly welcome fostering and adoption communities to be part of the conversation. This event is programmed before an Arts Council England funded R&D week culminating in dates programmed at Coram and Soho Theatre during National Adoption Week (15 to 21 October).

Full rehearsed readings.....
    
See PERFORMANCES for dates and times......