Photography: Dave Gutteridge

Photography: Dave Gutteridge

Martin Figura

‘Figura was a revelation – funny, sharp and on top form.’ Robert McCrum, Observer

Martin Figura is an award-winning writer and photographer.  He has exhibited and performed his work nationally and internationally, including the spoken word show, Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, which began touring in 2017. 

Born in Liverpool in 1956, leaving school at 15 to spend 25 years in the Army - Martin is a retired Army Major who lives in Norwich with his wife, Helen Ivory - and sciatica - where he runs the literature event, Café Writers. An experienced workshop leader, he has a particular interest in working with older people.

Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, the new stage production from award winning poet Martin Figura, turns to international mathematics guru Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman’s iconic machine, the moon and photographs to shed light on these pressing questions and to help him sort out love, loss and when to let go. 

Figura has a commanding yet genial stage presence, drawing out the wit in the words as his poetry come alive on the stage, illustrating how our pasts, presents and future blur.

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