Until now he’s just known Mum, Dad and his sister. Life is safe, settled and secure. Yes, he’s been curious about his origins but no more than that. As he turns eighteen, much to everyone’s surprise, it’s Martha, his birth mother and Melissa, his birth sister who come looking for him. The events that follow, leave Joel embroiled in a family history, that changes his life and identity forever.
There’s long been a fascination with blood ties and those broken, reunited and reshaped. Adoption reunion is epic and complex in nature and never easy, but it’s this unease that needs to be heard.
Giving Up Marty is a brand new play by Karen Bartholomew. Spare and gutsy, it takes no prisoners.
Coram/Paines Plough/Soho Theatre/ – R+D audience reactions
‘This important piece of theatre! It truly represents a ‘slice of life’ that often is not presented or explored.‘
‘Anything that demystifies adoption is a good thing.‘
‘It is not something that is ever going to disappear from our western nuclear family societal structure. I do not have any friend who does not know someone who is one of those characters.’
‘You don’t often see this stuff on stage/film/tv that deals with so many sides of the adoption story.’
Supported by Arts Council England
GIVING UP MARTY
10th – 12th March 2020
Crescent – The Vaults, Leake Street
START TIME: 18:10
DURATION: 1hr 10m
AGE GUIDANCE: 15+