Martha Gellhorn TROUBLES SEEN is a theatrical portrait of a fine novelist and brilliant journalist. Revered by many as the greatest war correspondent of the twentieth century Ms Gellhorn witnessed all the major events of her time – The Great Depression, The Spanish Civil War, The Normandy Landings, Dachau, The Eichmann Trial, Vietnam, Panama, the miner’s strike, Greenham and her writings are as fresh and relevant today as ever.
Ms Gellhorn was a grande dame with the pizzaz of Elaine Stritch and the glamour of Marlene Dietrich – theatrical in the best sense. She was also a terrific friend and it is the recollections of evenings spent at her apartment in Cadogan Square in Knightsbridge drinking whisky, smoking cigarettes and conversing into the early hours of the morning that provide the context for the show where the audience experience her as an attentive, intimate friend.
Developed with Arts Council and Unity Theatre Trust funding, the project has the full support of The Martha Gellhorn Estate who have given us permission to use all of Martha Gellhorn’s words, letters, despatches, fiction and non fiction in the show.
The show had its first outings as part of the Voices from the Edge Solo Theatre Festival at LOST Theatre in London and was chosen as part of the best of Face To Face Solo Theatre Festival at The White Bear in 2015. It premiered at Ways With Words Literary Festival Dartington in 2016.
Face to Face Festival Review: Martha Gellhorn – The Troubles Seen (Lost Theatre)
A powerful and entrancing mini-biography about a most remarkable woman, with an even more remarkable performance. Sian Webber, and solo theatre writer Jack Klaff, team up to create this minuscule history play about one of the world’s most notable war correspondents, who also just happened to be one of the wives of Ernest Hemingway . Webber is absolutely indomitable in her role as Gellhorn and the show is a wholly engrossing, elating, and surprisingly personal experience. If you didn’t know who Martha Gellhorn was before this, you are left feeling educated and in awe. If you did, you feel like you’ve come into contact with a living, breathing, and fascinatingly palpable legacy.