MARTHA VAN DER BLY is a Dutch actress, sociologist and filmmaker, based in Amsterdam. She trained as an actress at the Gaiety School of Acting and the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School in Dublin.
Martha lived and worked as in actress in Ireland and London for more than ten years.
Through her own production company Rose Rebel Productions Martha develops and produces her own film and photo-film projects.
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.
Recently, 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).
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.