Curriculum Vitae

PLAY PRODUCTIONS

2018 in development with James Peries, Bristol Old Vic RAGDOLL SILHOUETTE…….

.2013 Menagerie Theatre commission RETURN OF THE VANISHING PEASANT  15 min stage play developed in collaboration with Professor of Ethics: Denise Ferreira da Silva  Queen Mary London , in theatres: Soho London, Colchester Mercury and Cambridge Junction.

http://mystagestory.com/post/75144050652/the-stage-the-soho-theatre-london-my-stage

  1. http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/hotbed-festival/ 2013

I WITNESS  2007, Our Stories Make Waves at  KUUMBA, British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Cotham School of Performing Arts. A combined art form play on the founding of the PNP (Peoples National Party of Jamaica), the struggle for  Jamaican decolonisation and her independence through the testimony of Trade Unionist, political activist, international lecturer,  Caribbean historian and author, the late Richard Ansell Hart

 

Play Readings 

THE HOMECOMING    2001 Bristol Old Vic; LOOKING OUT FOR GRACE 2003  Bristol Old Vic

A WING A PREY A SONG 2013 Guest Project Space East London; DOWN AMONGST THE BLACK GANG Bristol Cultural partnership WW1 Black & Asian Perspectives on WW1 A short play reading M shed 2015

WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE  2015 Takt Berlin artist residency & 2016 UNILAG Nigeria

 

UNPRODUCED STAGED PLAYS

 ‘THE HOMECOMING’ (2001);‘GRACE’S NIGHT OFF’ (2002);   LET’s JUST CALL THIS AN ADVENTURE (2009)MOONHEAVEN (2010); SHANTYTOWN LOVE (2011)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZgWcttRYOA

 

Produced Radio Plays

PINK MONGOOSE (2005) a 45 min children’s radio drama  co produced with Commonwealth FM and Ujima FM.  STORMING 2006  BBC Roots 20mins radio drama and commission inspired by 19th century diaries of transatlantic migrants on ss Great Britain.

 

Women’s Chat Show

Ujima Community Radio Broadcast   BLACK WOMEN ROCK THE BOAT  women chat show produced by Bristol Black Women’s Writers group for Ujima 2005

 

Stage Plays/ Awards

Alfred Fagon Award shortlist for:   LOOKING OUR FOR GRACE (2002), MOONHEAVEN (2010), and SHANTYTOWN LOVE (2011).  MOONHEAVEN  went on to receive in 2010 Alfred Fagon Special Commendation  Award & a National Theatre studio workshop. It was also longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for playwriting in 2013.

 

Other Awards/Nominations

Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship in Playwriting with Rebecca Lenkiewicz  2010; Bristol City Council, Women Who Make A Difference Award 2007

Arts council award for:

OUR STORIES MAKE WAVES: ‘I WITNESS’   2007.   writer’s bursary  2002, A WING A PREY A SONG 2013, DAUGHTERS OF IGBO WOMAN 2019, THE ENIGMA OF THE AFRICAN ACTOR, ORLANDO MARTINS 2018

 

ARTIST IN EDUCATION

Multi A New ways of working in schools Millpond Primary School:  (2004)

SAY IT LOUD and EAZ Poets in Schools for Black History Month: Whitefield Fishponds School,  Fairfield School a collaborative project with American poet Mahogany Brown (2005

YUMMY YUMMY! 2008 Filton Avenue nursery creative pilot of preschool story by writer, puppets by local artist Valda Jackson.  VICTORIAN WORKING LIVES ON BOARD SS GREAT BRITAIN Project St Barnabas School, Bristol  (funded by Brunel 200) (2006). ‘POEMS ON DOILIES ’ Matirige primary school, Chivu  Zimbabwe 2011; GAMES  WE PLAYED AND SONGS WE SUNG Multi Lingual Language Project SPAN Bristol,  Millponds School, Hannah Moore School (2013).

 

PUBLIC TALKS

 ORLANDO: SONG, STRUGGLE,  RESISTANCE uncovering early 20th century dramas of the British empire, What’s Happening in British Black History Watershed April 2016, V & A Museum London. Ros has publicly shared her work in Berlin (Takt Berlin artist residency showcase 2015), UNILAG Lagos, Nigeria play reading extract & project presentation to artists & stake holders 2016, Tampere, Finland artist contribution to a panel re Black Cultures and Identities in Europe bi annual network conference 2017.

Public Panel Debates

Ros has contributed to many panel debates & talks at KUUMBA during Black History month 2002-2007. Also  FOR AFRICANS in ONE: ‘The COLSTON DEBATE British Empire and Commonwealth Museum Passenger Shed 12/10/07, Bristol University Great Hall, Wills Building Slavery’s, legacies and remembrance, 2014  Watershed, Orlando Martins Nov 2014,  Black & Asian Perspectives WW1, Bristol M shed, Feb 2015. What’s Happening in British Black History, Bristol’s Watershed 2016 UNGOCHANI chaired post film panel at the Watershed in 2011

 

Artist Residencies

 Up and coming residency: SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTRE University of British Columbia, Vancouver the Artist & Cultural Activism. Previous residencies: TAKT BERLIN 2015  3 months writing WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE stage play (2015) 2013 Guest Projects Africa artist residency for A WING A PREY A SONG, BRITISH BLACK FEMINIST WEEKEND Goldsmith College 2012.

England. www.awingapreyasong.org   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0OHgqIipIE&feature=youtu.be

 

Film Commissions (see videos)

Written performed and directed by Ros Martin Spoken word and music with children from St Barnabas School, Bristol BUYING INTO BANANA’S LIBERTY 2007 2 mins

British Empire Museum Exhibition for Commemoration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic slave trade. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh5ZJYjuxqk&feature=youtu.be

UNSUNG NO MORE 15min 2005 Screenshift WATERSHED 2005

BEING RENDERED VISIBLE in the Georgian House, Bristol 2016 Ros Martin music by Alphonse Daudet Touna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Axam3sgLdc&t=1s

 

Performances  

2002 SONGS FOR SAARTJIE Bristol Black Writers, KUUMBA; 2003  THE BRISTOL BUS BOYCOTT 40 YEARS ON A special artist led service Henbury Parish Church in  honour of African ancestors and elders.

2005 BREATHING FIRE installation and performance amongst exhibits of British Empire and  Commonwealth Museum, Bristol Black Womens Writers and Vivida, Bristol Asian Womens Writing Group

2006 MAKING WAVES  ss Great Britain, Brunel 200, Bristol Black Women Writers;  MA HELBA.   Poets Ros Martin, Roxana Freeman musician Alphonse Daudet Touna, Pierian Centre.

2009 ARISE CD launch spoken word and music collaboration: Ros Martin, musician Alphonse Daudet Touna   Bristol Poetry Festival, Arnolfini;   REMEMBER SARO WIWA Platform, African Writers Abroad, CAN ANYONE REMEMBER? 2009 Arnolfini with musician Moussa Kouyate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnvO6_VwuUM      FORWARDS NOT BACKWARDS!, INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY pop up artist performances event in Gloucester Road shops. Host at Performance at Halo Cafe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ4mCjacm1Q

2010   COAL OIL LAND ME AND TREES spoken word with musician  Fideles Mherembi.  Bristol Poetry                       Festival, Arnolfini

2015   Spoken word  contribution to performance showcase in Takt Berlin Gallery 2016

2016 CLOSE TO THE BONE Rendering the Invisible, Visible, performance Georgian House Bristol UK Literary Archaeology  project http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/research/literary-archaeology/about/

2017     Artist Memorial tribute for Frances Coker Greenbank cemetery                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09WNdrZDM9M  ;  Africa Writes Bristol, Journey to Justice

 

EXHIBITIONS

SCREENINGS: DAUGHTERS OF IGBO WOMAN film

ENUGU Sports Centre 24 March 2018; LAGOS BOOK & ART FAIR  Freedom Park 13 November 2017

BRITISH SOCIETY OF EIGHTEENTH CENTURY STUDIES 5 Jan 2018 St Hughes Oxford Uni; GEORGIAN HOUSE BRISTOL 19-22 Aug    2017; GREENBANK CEMETERY      26-27 Aug 2017; BEARPIT                                 4-6 October 2017

Hamburg Vending Machine project 2012 Poetry contribution

http://issuu.com/art-e-motion/docs/hamburg_vending_machine_artist_catalogue?mode=window&pageNumber=1

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Barbados 2011 Exhibition 6 degrees International Cultural Exchange Urban flo creative consultancy & Video installation of:

BUYING INTO BANANAS LIBERTY & UNSUNG NO MORE OUR HEROES & SHEROES BREATHE INTO YOU A FREER BEING & BUYING INTO BANANAS LIBERTY & UNSUNG NO MORE films

SLAVERY POWER FREEDOM Pierian centre Bristol 2007,

 

Membership of

Bristol Black Writers 1998-2004

KUUMBA Arts mgt committee 2004-2007

Founder member of Bristol Black Womens Writing Group 2004-2007

Founder member of Our Stories Make Waves Professional Artists Association 2004-2008

Society of Authors 2005-2013

National Association of Writers in Education 2005-

South West Speakeasy And African Caribbean bi monthly networking forum 2014-2016