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Cort, Martin

Martin Cort


Born as World War II began Martin started his working life in a factory which produced ball and roller bearings, after his service in the Royal Army Service Corps in Germany he was determined to become an actor and gained a place at the prestigious LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). Even as a student he sought work in the entertainment world organising sales promotional work involving his fellow students including Donald Sutherland. He worked with the Moscow State Circus in London and in 1960  and on the Girls Guides Jamboree at Wembley Arena. At the end of his three year acting course he began performing in Repertory Theatres all around the country returning to London to act in the Regents Park Open Air Theatre in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in ‘Hadrian VII’.

While appearing in the Christmas Show at the E15’s Theatre Royal he was invited to join the Royal Ballet’s ‘Ballet for All’ company as their first actor. He toured with the company playing excerpts from Shakespeare, Edith Sitwell’s ‘Façade’ and impersonating historic Dance Masters.  His first association with writing was when he worked with the noted author Rumer Godden and her Company of Nine. Having toured Theatre, Schools and Universities with her poetry programmes he experienced first-hand the construction of works of Drama. Rumer and her husband James Haynes Dixon encouraged him to begin writing and helped him to launch his own company The Around Readers in 1964.

He continued to appear as an actor in theatres and on television while he built a firm base for his company to perform in Britain and Malta. He was commissioned by the London Borough of Camden to write and direct three Pantomimes which were highly acclaimed by the National Press and went on to write Training Scripts for IATA (International Air Transport Association).  Along the way he wrote restaurant criticisms for the ‘In Britain’ magazine and was asked by the ETB (English Tourist Board) to be their St George for their London celebrations.

In 2019 he was awarded the Olwen Wymark Award by the Writers Guild of Great Britain for his work in encouraging theatre. In recent years he has presented performances of work by numerous new authors who were members of The Society of Women Writers and Journalists and Actors Writers London. He has written a number of short plays but ‘Death on the Doorstep’ became an all-consuming passion as it was based on a tragic real-life event in his life.

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