This is Not America
Joshua Val Martin

Idris lives in the shadow of his precocious sister Nusiba, seemingly unable to ever do enough to impress his Dad. His girlfriend gives him an ultimatum – find a job or lose the love of his life. Then he’s offered the chance to escape. To Mars. Idris can’t think why he’d want to stay on earth, but can think of many reasons why he’d blast himself into space and reach for a new future for the human race.

Joshua has completed the Royal Exchange Theatre and the SOHO Theatre’s respective playwrighting schemes. His play IN A TOWN SOMEWHERE NORTH OF MILTON KEYNES was lucky enough to make the Top-40 of the Bruntwood Prize 2015 and BACK SEAT BETTY was awarded ‘Best Play’ at the LOST One-Act Theatre Festival and ‘Best Drama’ at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2015. His play A VOCATION (49 SCENARIOS FOR GAY MEN) has played this year at the Arcola, the Contact theatre, the Bury Art Museum and is being made into a film by Mann Bros. He has worked as a facilitator with the New Vic Theatre’s young company, and extensively with Staffordshire’s incredible Borderlines team.


Joshua recived a Commendation- a new category created for the 2017 Awards. Writers who receive a Commendation win £4,000 and the opportunity for a rehearsed industry reading in London.