Martin discovered G&S whilst at school, but did not get his first taste of the stage until joining Paignton Operatic and Dramatic Society in 1970. He vividly recalls the hot and heavy padding and the “Mikado yellow” Pancake make-up then needed for what became his all-time favourite role of Pooh-Bah!
Moving to Berkshire in 1976, Martin joined East Berkshire Operatic Society, where he took several principal roles before matrimony and fatherhood intervened. Later, in Dunfermline, Martin “maintained a low profile” until enticed into the Society in 1998. Martin’s roles with DGASS have included Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers, the Earl of Mountararat in Iolanthe, Major Murgatroyd in Patience and Sir Richard Cholmondeley in The Yeomen of the Guard.
Martin has always belonged to choirs that tackle challenging repertoire, and has an affinity with unaccompanied music, and madrigals in particular. Since 1991 he has been a regular member of the Scottish Chamber Choir.
[from the 2018 programme]
Appearances with Dunfermline Gilbert & Sullivan Society
|2016||The Yeomen of the Guard||Sir Richard Cholmondeley|
|2012||Princess Ida||King Hildebrand|
|2010||Trial by Jury||Foreman of the Jury|
|2009||The Yeomen of the Guard||Sir Richard Cholmondeley|
|2007||The Gondoliers||Don Alhambra del Bolero|
|2006||The Pirates of Penzance||Sergeant of Police|
|2004||Trial by Jury||Usher|
|2002||The Yeomen of the Guard||Sir Richard Cholmondeley|
|2000||Cox and Box||Sergeant Bouncer|
|1999||The Gondoliers||Don Alhambra del Bolero|