Martin Brisland – amateur dramatics editor and heritage editor

Martin Brisland – amateur dramatics editor and heritage editor

I was born in Southampton in 1953, educated at Freemantle Juniors, King Edward VI School and the University of London, where I gained B.SC Econ. and the Open University gaining an MA. I worked in further and higher education.

I also had a parallel career in music, playing keyboards in many local bands until I suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2017. I still do the occasional gig.

I am a father of two – a son and a daughter who now have their own families.

I ecame a qualified tour guide in 2014 and have now turned to writing. As well as contributing to In Common, I have written 5 published books: Secret Southampton, A to Z of Southampton, Celebrating Southampton, Secret New Forest and Southampton: A Potted History. A to Z of Romsey is due 2024.

I’m a lifelong Saints fan.


Read more from Martin:

Review: Welsh National Opea: Cose Fan Tute, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Applause review: Wilde: Scenes of love and power, BBV Theatre Company, November 2

Heritage: School reunions – the past is a foreign country

Applause review: Return to Freemantle – Freemantle & Shirley Amateur Theatrical Society

Applause! In Common launches new section to celebrate amateur dramatics and more

Review: An Inspector Calls, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Heritage: a look at Freemantle, Southampton

Heritage: Maundy Gregory, a cash for honours scandal and a link to The Beatles

The arrival of Basque refugee children to Southampton 85 years ago was remembered at a ceremony at the weekend

Heritage: Southampton and the Basque children

Review: Cluedo at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: WNO Don Giovanni, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton


Southampton’s Speakers’ Corner

From The Beatles to Warhorse: Southampton’s Mayflower theatre

Book Review: Southern Roots, part 1: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Story (1958-1972) by David St John

Matchgirls strikes: women unite and fight

Opinion: Cycle lane debates need compromise, not politicisation

Southampton: a tale of two universities

The Southampton doorstep portraits project

Opinion: Life after lockdown

10 reasons to be cheerful about Southampton

Looking back on Southampton’s historic music scene

How historical pandemics have affected Southampton

Entertainment review: Million Dollar Quartet, Mayflower Theatre Southampton

The big Southampton Christmas quiz

My NHS Story: Free at the point of need