Theatre Writer, Theatrical Acquisitions Agent, Drama Festival Adjudicator …
"I aspire to develop theatre that people will care about. Plays that actors care enough about that they want to perform in them; that they are intrigued by, fascinated with and want to be a part of a journey in bringing it to stage. Plays that theatres care enough about that they believe staging them will add value to their season, to their image, to the mark they want to make and the audience they wish to attract. Plays that audience members will care about because the story and the characters engage them, entertain them and then motivate them to keep talking about it long after they leave the performance. I only write stories I care about, characters that I believe in; that are never the same, that don’t carry the thread of a writing style or format which wallows in predictability. I set out to write plays that make the observer think, that take the audience into the affective and within a sentence, have the facility to turn tears to laughter and back again. I take time writing my plays because I also care about those who will see them and I respect them and would like to earn that in return. I care passionately that as theatre makers we are part of a community of creatives who help each other, value each other and support each other. And finally, I care about the reviews I write and the Festivals I adjudicate. I want those taking part to feel that their work is recognised and respected; that there is value in ‘the doing’, the worth, the joy of performance. Above all else, providing honest, respectful and considered feedback which celebrates the effort made and inspires those involved to do more of the same.
If you are also someone who cares passionately about creating theatre, or for whom any of the above creates a resonance, it would be good to hear from you."
Looking for your next production? Looking for a publisher?
Martin is contracted to the Theatrical Publishers, Stagescripts.
Stagescripts Ltd is an independent publisher and rights-holder for the works of mostly contemporary writers and composers of musical theatre and drama, serving the needs of adventurous and innovative producers. As well as acting as their Acquisitions Agent (looking for new works and new writers for the stage), Martin is an Advocate, giving advice about their catalogue and finding the right play, musical and pantomine for you. Let him help you take the pain out of picking that next production. Get in touch using the contacts page or visit the Stagescripts website.
IS THERE ANYBODY THERE? When Sue meets Ann, an employee of her late husband, she finds a soul mate in more ways than one. And following a chance conversation about a psychic medium, she hatches a plan. A laugh. The chance to drink, to joke and to make fun with impunity of those who she sees as pathetic for trying to contact their dead relatives: laughing at the expense of those who pursue the question “Is there anybody there?”
WHERE IS THE LIFE? A black comedy about The Beeches residential home for 'retired gentlemen of the stage'. They have come from a bygone world and have now created a new world which is bound together by images, reflections, memories, longings of the past but equally, yearnings for a future. And when Kelly the new Care Assistant arrives, everyone's world is placed in turmoil as they all learn about themselves, loss, love and what really matters.
THE KING’S ORPHAN: During the Great War, 116 young men who had attended Blackburn Orphanage in Lancashire, went to war. 15 of them never returned; one of them was only recorded by his name. ‘The King’s Orphan’ is a unique, touching and very special story of how a generation of ordinary men did an extraordinary thing. But it also illustrates how some men went to war to fight for something bigger. For a family they had never known.
Audience Feedback for 'The King's Orphan': "“What a gem! ‘The King’s Orphan’ at Guide Bridge Theatre. A script that moves an audience from tears to laughter and back again - not just once but again and again. A powerful piece of theatre Martin Paul Roche.”
What the audience thought... "Is there anybody there?"
First night audience feedback on social media following the premiere:
"Pure brilliance" ... "Absolutely gripped" ... "Excellent script" ... "Brilliantly acted" ... “A very original and entertaining piece of theatre” ... “A really thought provoking play. I loved it … what a mixture of emotions” ... "Really enjoyed last night. Great play, funny and dark at the same time. Highly recommended" ... "Brilliant in every way. Totally loved it. Well done to all of you. Martin has such excellent writing skills; I actually couldn't wait to get back in the theatre at the interval to see how things panned out. Totally awesome" ... "Seriously, the play was fabulous. Get down there this week."