Martha Loader

Martha Loader

Actor/ playwright / director / producer

  • Location: Ipswich, London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available
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Martha Loader is a playwright, actor and producer and co-director of tusk. She is a graduate of the HighTide Writers' Group and the Soho Theatre's Writers' Lab and their alumni group.

Most recently, Martha's play 'After Prospero' was featured at INK Festival and toured around East Anglia and to the Tristan Bates Theatre in London. At the festival, she won the 'Award for Promising Young Playwright' presented by Richard Curtis. Earlier this year, tusk. performed Martha's short play 'A Sort of Revolution' at Ipswich Art Gallery which was debuted at the Women's Voices, Women's Votes festival in 2018. Previous work has been shown at PULSE Festival, HighTide Festival, Norwich Arts Centre, and The Owl and Cat Theatre, Melbourne.

Martha has performed as an actor at PULSE Festival, HighTide Festival, INK Festival, The Owl and Cat Theatre, Melbourne, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and for BBC Radio 4.

She has a degree from the University of Manchester in English Literature and American Studies BA (Hons). Whilst studying abroad at UC San Diego, she trained as an actor under Steppenwolf director Kim Rubenstein. She has been a member of the National Youth Theatre since 2009. 




'A sobering, contemplative piece that resonates a message for our times', The Reviews Hub
'(A) nuanced and sharp re-imagination of Shakespeare's characters', Broadway World
'(After Prospero) teems with ideas and originality, and is a topical warning of climate change', British Theatre
'this is a piece that will stay with its audience for a long time after it ends', The Live Review


'Thoughtful, witty, perceptive and honest', East Anglian Daily Times


'Martha Loader's angry Humbug, a skilful crescendo from banality to rage', Libby Purves, Theatre Cat


‘It's raw, it's human, it's bare bone minimalist theatre at its best’, Weekend Notes
‘the focus is squarely on the dialogue, which is smart and sassy. In fact, it feels real and alive’, The Blurb
**** ‘not to be missed’...‘a hauntingly beautiful creation of art that is engaging and unforgettable’, Theatre People