Damselfly and Aviatrix from BikeLights 2017: Laura Frances Martin. Photo: Hana Backland for Wadebridge Creative Hub
As a Spotlight Actress my professional performing credits, skills & current showreel are listed in full on SpotlightI've been a member of Equity since 2007.

Background & training 
I really enjoyed dance drama clubs at school, but it wasn't until I was about to head off for a Crafts Degree at Crewe that I tried my first proper contemporary dance classes and also joined the Apprentices drama group at North Devon College. I realised that I wanted performing to be part of my working life, and changed instead to a Dance & Visual Arts BA Hons on arrival at Crewe, later transferring to Dartington to complete a BA Hons in Theatre with a Dance specialism - where I enjoyed training with some inspirational teachers in a beautiful setting, and had a brilliant 3rd year placement at the Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop in London.
Laura Frances-Martin headshot 2019 by Thom Axon
Landmarks: International TheatreSchool Festival In De Nes: Photo Ami Lee
Physical theatre, film & TV
 After graduating from Dartington with a 1st Class BA Hons Degree, I worked as a devised and physical theatre performer in Devon, Scotland, Bristol and Amsterdam and with companies including Theatre of Public Works and Les Anges, and took my own show 'Landmarks' to the International TheatreSchool Festival 'In De Nes', before getting more involved in non-performing work. Since a welcome return to performing after moving to Cornwall, I've worked on various projects in site specific theatre and dance as well as film & TV, chiefly in Cornwall & the SW, including playing the female lead in acclaimed Cornish 'mockumentary' feature, Tink's Kitchen, directed by Henry Davies, in 2008.
When first in Cornwall I joined a contemporary dance group led by Jan Man, and I co-founded M-Squared - a performance & training collective that ran for several years, working across dance, visual media & film - with practitioner Caroline Schanche. I also danced with Gill Clarke at Tate St Ives for 'Partial Sitings, Full View', part of ‘As Dark As Light’ in 1999, and with Birch & O’Shea's 'Territory One' residency and performance at Falmouth College of Arts in 1998. I performed with Angela Praed Dance Productions in 'Duets for Unusual Souls' in 2008 and in 2009, and in her 'Five Songs on the Rooftops' project in Truro in 2010 (pictured).
Five Songs on the Rooftops: Angela Praed. Image by Steve Tanner
'The Hoss's Lament' ship lantern and figurehead, created and performed by Laura Frances Martin for Kneehigh Theatre's Random Acts of Art 2021. Photo: Steve Tanner
Characters for commissions 
I love adding performative elements in to my commissions, creating characters to work alongside the sculptural elements where possible. These have variously included an Aviatrix, piloting a Damselfly (top); a Ring Mistress, keeping her cycling circus bear in check; a Mary Poppins-inspired character, dressed in the colours of a Cornish Chough to accompany the Early Bird; and the 'Spirit of Ecstasy'-inspired, illuminated cycling Muse, to accompany her giant 'Glamophone'. Most recently, a weathered figurehead, left, accompanying her ghost ship through the streets and the quays of Mevagissey at twilight as she sings a lament to lost things...

As well as voice-overs & vocal work on arts projects, adverts and radio shows, I've also sung with several Cornwall-based vocal groups. I was a founder member of Cornish all-female shanty group Femmes De La Mer, led by musical director Claire Ingleheart (pictured here), whose Suitcase Singers choir I also sang with for 18 months; and I also co-founded and sang with four-part female harmony group The Sound Outfit from 2015-2018. Salt Sisters is an intermittent, ongoing vocal project I'm involved in with performer & vocalist Morwenna Gee.
Claire Ingleheart and Laura Frances Martin of Femmes De La Mer performing at  the International Sea Shanty Festival