15 Sep - 10 Oct 2015 For ages 15+

A Unicorn / Actors Touring Company production



  • By Marius von Mayenburg
  • Translated by Maja Zade
  • Directed by Ramin Gray


★★★★★ Exeunt, ★★★★ Guardian, Time Out, Londonist, The Stage

'Distressing, provocative and horribly funny.' ★★★★ Independent

Benjamin won’t do swimming at school. His mother thinks it's drugs or he has body issues. But Benjamin has found God and mixed-sex swimming lessons offend him.

Fundamentalism and tolerance clash in this funny, provocative play by leading German playwright, Marius von Mayenburg. Martyr considers how far we should go in accommodating another’s faith, and when we should take a stand for our own opposing beliefs.

This topical production follows Actors Touring Company’s highly acclaimed The Events, seen at the Young Vic last year.

For everyone aged 15 and over. 
Contains some strong language and nudity.

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Performed by: Flaminia Clinque, Kriss Dosanjh, Mark Lockyer, Brian Lonsdale, Daniel O'Keefe, Natalie Radmall-Quirke, Farshid Rokey, Jessye Romeo.

Martyr is on tour in 2015 - view tour dates here.

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'Bold and unforgiving...fearless, fighty and very timely.'

★★★★ Time Out

'there is a brilliance about how it puts the audience on the spot.'

★★★★ Guardian

'Provocative and intellectually stimulating.'

★★★★ The Stage

'Daniel O'Keefe's performance is...electrifying to watch.'

A Younger Theatre

'the predominantly teenage audience were audibly thrilled, scandalised, appalled and enlightened. Brave programming.'

★★★★ Independent

‘Simply put, this is a production that everyone of any age will benefit from seeing.'

★★★★ Gay Times

Free post-show debate & Unicorn Late: Thu 8 Oct

Post-show debate: Are censorship and self-censorship taking place in the UK right now?

Discussion panel will feature: Nadia Latif: (Director, Homegrown - a recently cancelled National Youth Theatre production that sought to explore Islamic radicalisation among young people);

Moazzam Begg
(ex-Guantanamo detainee and Director of Outreach CAGE);

Rev Giles Fraser
(priest, former canon St Paul’s Cathedral and columnist);

Julia Farrington
(associate arts producer, Index on Censorship).

The event will be chaired by Gabriel Gatehouse (Foreign correspondent for BBC News) and Purni Morell (Artistic Director, Unicorn Theatre) and will take place after the 7pm performance and is free with your ticket.   

Unicorn Late

Stick around afterwards for free live music in the foyer and a 3 for 2 offer on craft beers. 

Access performances

Book tickets and find out more about access at the Unicorn.

Captioned performance
Tuesday 6 October 2015, 19.00

For schools (suitable for year 10+)

School tickets £10 with every eleventh ticket free.
Teacher CPD: Wed 16 Sep, 4.30-7pm (free).
An accompanying resource pack with scheme is available to download here.
In-school workshops (£120 p/group).

Got a question? Email schools@unicorntheatre.com


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