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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.

Performers Martin Figura.
Author Martin Figura.

Whistle

Whistle (One person show) production archive for QTIX code T14016960. Details of all Whistle archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1482155803

Archive Listings

26 Mar 14Arts Centre
Norwich
Norfolk
14 Jul 13The Bike Shed Theatre
Exeter
Devon
25 Apr 13Gulbenkian Theatre
Canterbury
Kent
20 Mar 13The Rondo
Bath
Bath & North East Somerset
22 May 12
to
26 May 12
Roundhouse
West End
Greater London
15 May 11Arts Centre
Norwich
Norfolk
17 Apr 11ADC Theatre
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire

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