A co-production of Actors Touring Company and the Unicorn Theatre
Teacher Erica White is a self-described liberal. She shops organic, rides a scooter, and is accepting of people from all walks of life. That is until she meets Benjamin.
Benjamin won’t do swimming at school. His teachers think he’s mad, his Mum thinks he’s a junkie. In a way, they’re both right... Benjamin has found God.
Building from hilarious to sinister and with an ultimately shocking confusion, Martyr explores just how far tolerance will stretch in the face of extremism. With the clash between fundamentalist religious belief and liberal values at the forefront of our news, Marius von Mayenburg has created a provocative new play.
One of Germany’s most prominent playwrights, Marius von Mayenburg was awarded the Kleist Prize for young dramatists for his first play Fireface in 1997, the Frankfurt Writer’s Foundation Prize in 1998 and was named 1999’s up-and-coming writer by the magazine Theaterheute. His work, which includes Turista, The Ugly One, Perplexed and Martyr, has been translated into over 30 languages and performed both in Germany and abroad. Alongside his activities as playwright, Mayenburg has worked as a translator for plays such as Thomas Ostermeier’s Shakespeare productions of Hamlet, Othello, Measure for Measure and Richard III.
★★★★ 'provocative and horribly funny’— Paul Taylor, Independant
★★★★ ‘Like a primed hand grenade’— Lyn Gardner, Guardian
★★★★ ‘fearless, fighty and very timely’— Stuart Pringle, Time Out
★★★★ ‘a timely and thought-provoking piece of new writing.’— Aleks Sierz , The Stage