Nathaniel Martello-White

Plays by Nathaniel Martello-White


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Welcome to the world's most unusual talent contest. Behind the scenes, competitors are laughing and brawling, parading their hopes and fears in front of each other, their loves and losses. But there's a bigger fight to be had on stage: who's going to win? The black, the yellow or the brown guy?

This hilariously biting satire by Nathaniel Martello-White exposes the highs and lows of making it as a black actor - a 'blackta'.

Of the play, the Stage wrote ‘Nathaniel Martello-White’s debut play is concerned with more than just the various hurdles faced by black actors; it also encompasses broader themes of race, identity and masculinity. The play rattles along, a little bit like Beckett on amphetamines, presenting a frantic hamster wheel world in which its characters - named for their skin tone: black, brown, yellow - are forever being tested...The play has a lot to say and for much of the time it does so with humour and verve’.

The first production of Blackta opened in the Maria at the Young Vic on 26 October 2012.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Generations of secrets have broken the Brook family. Siblings split up, traded off, treated differently.

Angel, the youngest, has called a family meeting to sift through the wreckage. And she’s not leaving until they’ve confronted the truth about how and why her family failed her.

Torn was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs on 7 September 2016.

Nathaniel Martello-White is a British actor and playwright. Best-known for his acting career, with credits including Joe Turner's Come And Gone and The Brothers Size at the Young Vic, as well as A Midsummer Night's Dream, City Madame, Marat/Sade (RSC), Innocence (Arcola) and Oxford Street (Royal Court), he has also written an anthology of poetry called A Western Nightmare. Blackta, Martello-White's first play, premiered at the Young Vic in 2012.