Cheryl Martin

Enabler - Liverpool & Merseyside

Poet, Playwright and Director

Cheryl Martin (Enabler) has worked as a poet, playwright and director, and was a former Associate Director, New Writing/New Work at Contact and Director-in-Residence at Edinburgh’s Traverse. Her new show Who Wants To Live Forever? had a stormingly successful premiere at HOME Manchester’s 2017 PUSH Festival. A Manchester Evening News Theatre Award winner as both writer [musical Heart and Soul, Oldham Coliseum Theatre] and director [Iron by Rona Munro, Working Girls at Contact], she co-produced and directed an Edinburgh Fringe First winner for the Traverse [The World Is Too Much]. Not to mention directing and devising CAN shows Another Country [Z-Arts/Decibel] and Heart’s Core [Z-arts], and Lloyd’s Regional Award-winning Rule 35 [Z-arts]. Commonword /Crocus Books published her first solo collection of poetry, Alaska, [longlisted for the 2015 Polari Prize]. Cheryl’s first one-woman stage show Alaska premiered at Contact’s 2015 Flying Solo Festival before a national tour including 2016’s A Nation’s Theatre Festival [The Albany, London], And What? Queer Festival [London, Geffrye Museum], Domestic II for Word of Warning [Manchester], Portsmouth Fringe Festival and rural touring in Cumbria and Yorkshire. For the 2015 Scottish referendum, she directed award-winning writer Alan Bissett’s Jock: Scotland on Trial, at Glasgow’s Tron Mayfesto and at London’s Finborough Theatre.

She’s written operas – for the Buxton Opera Festival and the BBC Philharmonic. Cheryl’s also written over 25 productions for stage and BBC Radio 4, the World Service, and for African radio networks, as well as stints as Artist-in-Residence for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, Writer-in-Residence for Contact, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Bolton Institute, and Poet-in-Residence for Ilkley Literature Festival and Birmingham Readers and Writers Festival.