Woman in dark room, illuminated softly and holding microphone with their mouth open
Cheryl Martin, one of the artists who took part in our surgeries. No, don't worry, not that kind of surgery. Image by Fotocad.

Cheryl Martin – One Woman

One Woman is a solo show in which Cheryl Martin looks at how the aftermath of her childhood trauma has contributed to her life-long severe depression. During intensive therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder, Cheryl realised that all the women in her therapy group had been sexually abused as children. The R&D was commissioned by Made at HOME and the extract premiered at Push Festival 2019.

One Woman invites the audience inside the mind of the survivor, using binaural sound and projection for immersive storytelling, in order to understand the joys and fears of survival.

Cheryl Martin is a unique voice in today’s theatre, both in her own performances and in the work she makes with others as a director. In both kinds of work, she examines experiences that most people are afraid to talk about, but approaches them with a humour, warmth, and raw honesty that draws audiences in and allows them to explore with her, fearlessly.


2-4 July 2020
Home, Manchester
23-25 October 2020
Black Gold Arts Festival 2020, Manchester/ Online
31 October 2020
Homotopia Festival, Liverpool/Online
6 - 30 August 2021
Summerhall, Online , Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Written and performed by
Cheryl Martin
Juliet Ellis

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