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The Trials of a Gentleman

A gentleman, a man out of time… a murderer?

Suitable for Age 14 +

David Martin is a man figuratively and literally, out of time.

Born in working-class Gravesend in 1960, but raised by the films of the 40s and 50s, can it be that this genteel gentleman is responsible for two violent crimes? Escaping his abusive father, David (along with his abused mother) spent his childhood at the local cinema, taking on the persona of the stars of the British silver screen (Niven, Redgrave, Mills). He is man whose values (chivalry, politeness, elegance) put him at odds with the world around him, particularly in his career. With a voice like David Niven, he explains the background to his life and alleged crime in a police interview room.

Although a talented teacher with a deep affection for children, he is jaded by the ever-changing education system. He battles with his ‘businessman’ Head of Academy, until he snaps.

Written directed and performed by Jon Lawrence, The Trials of a Gentleman asks questions about the values we hold dear today and those which we have lost.


Reviews of Good Grief at Edinburgh Festival Fringe:

★★★★★ Michelle’s Monologues

Moving and thought-provoking.

Audience reviews

Edward Christie - An excellent,insightful and sensitive account of journeying through the grief process. A beautiful and uplifting experience. Thank you.

John - Everyman (and perhaps every woman) who has had a father will relate to Jon Lawrence's experiences as he raised money to combat the cancer that killed his father.
Good Grief is a poignant story of self discovery and the true nature of the relationship between himself and his dad. It is told with honesty and humour and provided an exhilarating hour spent in the company of a natural storyteller. It will live with me long after the rest of this year's fringe experiences have been confined to dimmest recesses of my memory.

Anne-Marie Parham - A work of heartfelt honesty and sincere generosity. To share in Jon's journey is, quite literally, life changing.

Mark Forsbury - At one with the desert fox - An enjoyable hour in Jon's company as he takes us on his journey. Told with honesty, warmth, affection and humour.

Katrina Johnston - Inspirational retelling of Jon's exploration of his relationship with his father and how he processed his grief through beautiful photographs of his walks through the deserts, original songs and humour. Would highly recommend.


Theatre, Drama, Solo show

TICKETS: £12/£10


Fri 03 May @ 7:30pm

Sat 04 May @ 4:30pm

Sun 05 May @ 4:30pm




The Rotunda Theatre

Regency Square




Directed by Jon Lawrence

Associate Producer: Lance Mortimer

CAST: Jon Lawrence as David Martin


Karekare Productions Ltd

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