International Mentorship & Bursary 2014/2015
Mentor: Tim Crouch
Martin is from Inishere and based in Dublin. He did the Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUIG, 2008. In 2010 he made an ambulatory performance in The Ennis Street Theatre Festival: Walking + Talking History – A half improvised tour of Ennis’ historical sights. Then, together with Zita Monahan and Richard Walsh, he co-founded Side-Show Productions. Their first show Dreams Of Love was performed in The ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 and Galway Theatre Festival 2011. Martin wrote the text for Side-Show’s next show, King Alfred: A Mystery Play 2012. He brought his solo show, I Am Martin Sharry to Dublin, Cork and Galway.
In 2014 he wrote and performed in a new show titled: Without You I Am Nothing. It was performed at Live Collision 2014 and at GIFT (Gateshead International Festival of Theatre) It involves a film following a person walking the perimeter of Inishere while a text is read on stage. The text is a collage of original writing, memories and excerpts e.g Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Reverie. He also wrote and directed Looking For Work which was in Collaborations 2014 and in The Project Arts Centre, Nov 25th-29thH.
His solo work is more spare than spectacular. He is interested in exploring form first and content second. This manifest in his recent work in progress – Marky Mac Sherry Tells It Like It Is – performed at Theatre Machine 2015 at the Project Arts Centre. That was a mash up of comedy and theatre. Also further evidence of this mode of play is in the collaboration with Brendan Rehill in Collaborations 2015 at Smock Alley. They are making a show based on the ambience of Aran, titled The Impossible Address, Martin has written text and Brendan provides sound design.
Holding Area is the working title for Pan Pan’s International Mentorship & Bursary Programme 2014/2015 with Tim Crouch as mentor. Martin will aim to deal with the metaphysical potential of theatre.