Benjamin won’t swim at school. His mum thinks he’s on drugs or has body issues. But Benjamin has found God, and mixed-gender swimming lessons offend him. But that’s not where his newfound fervour ends. His conflicts only grow as his devotion deepens, causing issues at school, and at home with his family. The Canadian premiere, MARTYR asks questions about the limits of faith in a secular society. 

MARTYR first premiered at the Schaubühne in Berlin in 2012 and was then produced in Russia and France. The English translation premiered at the Unicorn (2015), the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences, despite the fact that the play featured both nudity and significant bloodshed. It was produced in Chicago at Steep Theatre Company for the U.S. Premiere in 2015. This provocative play by one of Germany’s most prominent playwrights, Marius von Mayenburg (translated by Maja Zade), questions the nature of community, and weighs the human systems of family and education against the pull and promise of faith. 

MARTYR is an ARC Production, directed by Co-Artistic Producer Rob Kempson, running from from January 13 to 29, 2023 in the Aki Studio Theatre at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E  in Toronto.


A vivid portrait of puberty and zealotry. – The Guardian





Benjamin Sinclair: Nabil Traboulsi*

Erica White: Aviva Armour-Ostroff*

Ingrid Sinclair: Deborah Drakeford*

Vicar Dexter Menrath: Ryan Hollyman*

Marcus Dixon: Richard Lee

Willy Belford: Ryan Allen

George Hansen: Adriano Reis

Lydia Weber: Charlotte Dennis



Director: Rob Kempson*

Assistant Director: Taija Shonée Chung

Stage Manager: Tamara Vuckovic*

Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah MacMillan

Producer: Julia Dickson

Production Manager: Patrick Lynn

Technical Director: B.C. Batty

Set and Costume Designer: Jackie Chau*

Head of Wardrobe: Carlyn Rahusaar Routledge

Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay

Assistant Lighting Designer: Za Hughes

Sound Designer: James Dallas Smith

Intimacy and Fight Director: Jack Rennie

Publicity & Communications Strategist: Katie Saunoris

Livestream Director of Photography: Zev Shoag

Head Carpenter: James McKernan

Head Painter: Ksenia Ivanova

Blood FX Consultant: Alex Gilbert

* ARC Resident Artists


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