Port of Call – Musician/Composer Martin Heslop 26/08/2015

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1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role

I am one of the three musicians who are writing and performing the live music.

2. What attracted you to this play?

Lizzie’s writing always reverberates with both the ghosts and the real at the same time and I think that especially weaves through this play. We’ve worked together for a long time now and it’s always a joy.

3. If there was one memory you would like to hold onto, what would it be and why?

When I was 11, standing on the Leazes Terrace with two minutes to go in the last game of the season when the ball dropped to David Kelly on the edge of the box and he half-volleyed it into the roof of the net keeping Newcastle from dropping into what was then the third division. Cue utter mayhem.

4. If you were a sailor which port would you most like to visit?

I’d like to sail up the Bosphorus with Istanbul raging on either side. Or to pull up next to Cannery Row in Monterey and search for the spirits of Mack and the boys.

5. What are you looking forward to most about this production?

I love it in rehearsals with those rare spine-tingley moments when the music lifts the dialogue up to a different place from before and you know you’ve got it just right. So lots of those if we’re lucky. And the first pint after each show.

6. Which song would you sing to get you through the rough seas?

‘Singapore’ by Tom Waits – though it was probably him who caused the storm in the first place.


NARVIK runs at Liverpool Playhouse Studio 8th September- 19th September. Book tickets here