In 2008 Martin completed a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies in NUI Galway. Since then he has been involved with creating live events, setting people opposite people in real time. He is interested in questions of presence. There is the sense in which presence allows ‘integration’, as Dr Dan Siegel explores There is also the contrasting of liveness with mediation. And there is the foregrounding of disregarded subjects.
The latter has included disconnected family members that share the same name in I Am Martin Sharry. The play dealt with the downside of the Aran Islands’ idealised authenticity. His aesthetic is informed by the conditions of the theatre and the event. He is interested in the form’s shared finitude and the capacity to hold some space in this mass mediated world.
He writes, he directs and he performs. In 2012 he was diagnosed as having Parkinson’s Disease. This degenerative condition has increasingly limited his creative ability. He is getting slower and the work is less frequent. The most recent thing was a project funded by the Arts Council’s Covid Funding. He wrote and recorded a story, read by Shane Connolly, title Head Home. This project will be ongoing.