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Roche, Martin Paul

Martin Paul Roche

Lesley Cookman

Martin Roche first began singing and acting in secondary school in the north of England and is now an award winning actor, director and writer.

Following his vocal training he has performed with many companies – musical, choral and opera, predominantly in the North of England, but has also performed in other parts of the UK and Ireland as a soloist in concert and recital performances including an appearance on Sky TV performing at the opening ceremony of the Rugby ‘Super League’.

Despite his background, Martin rarely performs now and focuses instead on writing, direction, coaching and adjudication.

In June of 2001 he produced and directed his own first written work, a musical play entitled To Be Frankwhich was very well received both critically and publicly and from which he the proceeds were donated to CHIC (Charity for Hearing Impaired Children).

In 2009 he premiered and co-directed a new musical in Manchester, co-written with Ian Crabtree called Witchfinder The Musical. The premiere won several regional awards including awards for Martin of Best Director and Best Book and Script.

Martin is very proud to be President of the award winning Children’s Amateur Theatre Society (CATS) in Bolton.

He now devotes his time primarily to writing. He has also delivered workshops most recently for NODA North West and Cornwall Drama Association and the Greater Manchester Drama Federation.

In 2009 his work with young people was acknowledged by the Greater Manchester Drama Federation (GMDF) when he was recognised with the Muriel Goodwin Trophy for '...an Outstanding Contribution to Youth'.

He is still a regular after dinner speaker and compere for concert performances for which he writes the scripts.

Martin is a writer-member of the Performing Rights Society (PRS) and is a qualified Assessor and Trainer and additionally holds a CertEd in adult education.

He is a past member of the Board of Management of the Greater Manchester Drama Federation.

He continues as a Drama Festival Adjudicator having adjudicated the full length GMDF Festival for several years and also their one act play Festival. He was the 2012/13 season adjudicator for the Manchester Musicals Awards and returned to the GMDF Full Length Festival for 2013/14 season to adjudicate their Musicals section. In 2015 and 2016 he adjudicated the Partington Players One Act Play Festival at Glossop.

For the 2016/17 Martin again adjudicated both the GMDF Full Length Festival (Musicals section) and their One Act Play Festival. For the season 2017/18 he has returned to Adjudicate the Manchester Musicals Awards.

In 2015 his play 'Where is the Life?' premiered at The Guide Bridge Theatre, Tameside. His play 'To Be Frank' was last staged at Guide Bridge Theatre in 2016 and his plays 'Soul Without End' premiered in February 2017 and 'Is There Anybody There?' in 2018.

In 2015 Martin was one of the judging panel for the popular national script writing competition, 'The Alties'. He is presently the Artistic Director for Guide Bridge Theatre.

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