MARTHA VAN DER BLY

ACTRESS – PRODUCER – NOMAD

https://www.spotlight.com/1699-9089-0606

ABOUT 

Martha has been acting all her life, mostly on stage and in the theatre. 

THEATRE  includes the role of Beatles photographer ‘Astrid Kirchherr’ in ‘The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away – The Alan Williams Story’ (New Theatre Dublin), Sister Concepta in the comedy ‘How to Marry a Monkfish’ (New Theatre Dublin), Electra in Euripides ‘Electra’ (Players Theatre Dublin), Luisa (lead) in ‘Carl Sternheim ‘The Knickers’ (Players Theatre Dublin), Claire in Genet’s ‘The Maids’ (Players Theatre Dublin), Ms. Foxhill in Tennessee William’s ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ (Focus Theatre Dublin). Martha performed as Annabella  in John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ (Theater aan ‘t Spui, The Hague), Anna in Maxim Gorki’s ‘The Lower Depths’ (Gasthuis Theater, Amsterdam).

She was  Magdalena in Garcia Lorca’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ (Lord Stanley Theatre, London) and appeared as ‘Eva Schloss’  and ‘Jutta / Hitler Youth’ in ‘And Then They Came For Me- The Story of Eva Schloss and Ann Frank’ (London: Various & South Africa tour. Martha performed in Antigone (Compagnie Theater Amsterdam) and a ‘Force Vivre’ of the Ca Ira (1) Fin de Louis – production of Compagny Louis Brouillard, directed by Joel Pommerat (Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / Holland Festival). She performed in Portuguese in the production Confinamento de Mulheres (Women’s Lockdown). 

COMMERCIAL WORK includes voice over’s for Pfizer, Blackberry, Skillsoft Eduction. I performed as ‘The German Woman’ in the TV commercial ‘Surprise’ for Ogilvy & Mather / Forum Bank. ‘Surprise’ won numerous awards, including being short-listed for the Cannes Lions.A commercial with Martha as the female lead was shortlisted for the Cannes Lions.

“Working with Martha was great. She came in to the casting in character and stayed in it during the whole process. In the shoot I thought she was a bit weird – distant and cold – but also so damn perfect for the role. Only later I learned that she had been in character at all times – she’s warm, friendly and enthusiastic. Now that’s dedication. And that’s what you’d want from the whole crew.”

Mikko Lehtinen, Director ‘Surprise!’ Commercial. Shortlisted for the Cannes Lions

“You were absolutely awesome. I’m really and truly very impressed with your performance in this. There was some challenging stuff, and it has all come out really natural and great.  I also really enjoyed working with you – you were a pleasure to direct – picking up on all the nuances of the part, and really bringing it alive. The footage looks brilliant. I love to work with you again.”

(Em Cooper, Director ‘Zlatka’ for Granta Magazine)

” You created the very soul of Electra and brought a magic to the piece that I cannot describe. I hope I have the privilege to work with you again”

(Sarah-Jane Shiels, Director “Electra”, Players Theatre, Trinity College Dublin)