David Martin is the founder member of Softsod Productions and the author, musical composer and producer of Fragile Man and UnSpoken. He is passionate about theatre, writing and raising awareness about mental health and social issues, having worked for many years in mental health and social care services. He is keen to bring new writing and exciting psychological drama's to Bristol, the South West and beyond. As an actor David has a large portfolio of stage appearance, including notably as Desmond in The Winslow Boy, Joe Keller in All My Sons and Rev. Hale in The Crucible. He has appeared on stage at Leicester’s Curve Theatre in a professional production of The Wedding Singer and also in Mollier’s Tartuffe at Bristol's iconic Tobacco Factory. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 David appeared on stage with fellow creative Richard Miltiadis in Fragile Man and is now playing the role of the Therapist in UnSpoken, alongside the enigmatic Lucy Elzik. David has also featured in a number of short films including Agroculture (watch here).
Richard Miltiadis met David Martin when they appeared in a short film together Agroculture (see link above). After working together on another short film, Richard was snapped up to appear alongside David in the newly written two hander Fragile Man, believing his ‘dark and moody’ characterisation would fit perfectly the character of ‘Y’. It did! Playing the role of 'The Man on the Edge' Richard proved to be an immense stage actor and picked up rave reviews about his performances throughout the drama’s run. He has appeared in numerous film and tv productions and recently played the notorious ’Third Roman Soldier’ in Howard Brenton’s controversial 'The Romans in Britain’ where he also had to flirt with nakedness (is there a theme here?!).
Extraordinary director Jacqs Graham's extensive directing experience includes Calendar Girls for Sky Productions, a riotous outdoor production of Canterbury Tales for Kelvin Players featuring a medieval festival and the intimate, Di and Viv and Rose by Amelia Bullimore. As an actress, Jacqs has demonstrated extensive range and skill in roles as varied as Dancing Tree and Grubby Blob, as well as award-winning performances as Kate Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons and Jackie in My Mother Said I Never Should. Most recently and to her eternal embarrassment, she played an actress with burlesque ambitions in Jumpy for Theatre Worx Productions. In short, she has hot-footed and stripped on stage numerous times, all in pursuit of the dramatic arts! Now as a partner in Softsod Productions with David Martin, Jacqs is thrilled to have been the director for both Fragile Man and UnSpoken, bringing her extensive experience as an actor, director and teacher to the company.
Lucy Elzik was cast into the lead role of 'The Woman' in UnSpokenafter David directed her as Paulina Salas in Death and the Maiden. He was so impressed by her performance and physical presence that he started writing the role of the mysterious and deep 'Woman in Therapy' in UnSpoken specifically for her.
Lucy is a fearless and immensely versatile actor as well as drama teacher and director in her own right. She is bringing a vast array of talent and experience to the role, including her mesmerising stage presence, energy and wonderful characterisation. The depth of the character of the troubled woman is beautifully portrayed by Lucy who brings a much needed physicality to the part. Watch out for the 'running man' sequence!!