Martin’s background in working with young people in challenging environments is as broad as it is long. Working with inflatables in the seventies he toured festivals and adventure playgrounds around the country and in Europe. He has worked as writer, actor, musician and director in theatre-in-education projects including a politically motivated tour of Chinese schools and villages in Hong Kong plus tours of trades union sponsored summer schools in France. He has taught English to young Vietnamese boat people in rat infested warehouses and set up play-schemes in socially deprived areas of Manchester.
He has an M.A. in Mass Communications and is a fully qualified teacher having worked for ten years in an inner city comprehensive school in Brighton. He was a senior figure in the Hong Kong government working as broadcaster and manager of Radio Hong Kong and more recently ran his own artisan bakery and still likes to run bakery projects at festivals with his mobile wood fired oven. He toured with a comedy show in the eighties and his TV credits include Blackadder and OTT. He has four children and five grandchildren.