UKTW - 25 years online
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Martin Figura returns to Wordfest where he performing in public for the very first time at the 1998 Open Mic. At the centre of Whistle, is his mother’s death at the hands of his father when he was nine years old. Whistle goes beyond this shocking central event to tell a moving coming-of-age story where the poet depicts a post-war British childhood through poetry, story-telling and striking visuals created from family photographs, archive and original material. Martin, with his sisters, was taken in by relatives and sent to boarding school, then abandoned and taken into care until former neighbours fostered him. He visited his father in Broadmoor, and then at a local hospital, until his release in 1972. Martin left school at 15 to join the Army. He left in 1997 as a major to become a professional photographer. He has been widely published and exhibited, including in the National Portrait Gallery. Whistle was first published by Arrowhead Press as a poetry collection in 2010. In this hour-long multi-media piece, he explores themes of identity, forgiveness, loss, adoption and family with insight and gentle humour to give the audience a profound and uplifting experience.

Author Martin Figura.

Archive listings for Whistle

Work type: One person show.


Performer Martin Figura.
26 Mar 14Arts Centre, Norwich :: V73
listing details L01025566086
14 Jul 13The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter :: V1892701352
listing details L2138815045
25 Apr 13Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
listing details L869673634
20 Mar 13The Rondo, Bath :: V855
listing details L1027868953
22 May 12 to 26 May 12Roundhouse, West End :: V242
listing details L380474554
15 May 11Arts Centre, Norwich :: V73
listing details L797823420
17 Apr 11ADC Theatre, Cambridge :: V18
listing details L0389284414

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