UK premiere of Martyr at Unicorn Theatre


The UK premiere of Martyr, written by Marius von Maybenburg, will be presented at the Unicorn Theatre, a fringe venue in south east London, from 16 September to 10 October 2015.

The play, which is produced by the Actors Touring Company and Unicorn Theatre, will be directed by Ramin Gray.

Synopsis: "Benjamin won't do swimming at school. His mum thinks he's on drugs or has body issues. But Benjamin has found God and mixed-sex swimming lessons offend him. So begins the teenager's journey towards religious extremism. The school wishes to accommodate all faiths but when will they recognise the threat that his religious belief has on their own liberal ethos? As Benjamin terrorises the staff and fellow students alike, only one teacher is prepared to take a stand. How far is she willing to go and what will she risk to defend her own deeply held convictions?"

Martyr is described as "a provocative and urgent exploration of the clash between fundamentalism and tolerance in Western democracy".

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