MARTIN CABBLE-REID (aka KEVIN CRUISE)
Martin trained at Chichester College of Arts & Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London.
After leaving Drama School Martin went on to appear in various Musicals and plays throughout the UK. As a singer, Martin worked as a Lead Male Vocalist and performed his one man show 'A Night With' for Openwide International and Live Business on various Cruise Ships traveling the world.
Once back on dry land Martin attended the Amused Moose Comedy course based in London. As part of the course a comedy character was created and Kevin Cruise was brought to life. With Martin’s varied 20 year acting career and having worked on various Cruise Liners, Martin had found more than enough inspiration for the ultra tanned ‘Kevin Cruise’.
Within a year, Kevin Cruise was an award winning regular on the UK comedy and cabaret circuit. Performing in over 150 venues. In 2010, Martin was spotted performing as Kevin by an ITV producer from Britain’s Got Talent. This was the start of a whirlwind for Kevin when his BGT audition (ironically parodying BGT auditions) was chosen as the lead audition for the fourth series of the show after receiving a standing ovation at the Hammersmith Apollo. Kevin made it through to the finals, sailing onto live television in a 16ft, purpose built glittering cruise ship ‘The Fishy Rose’ Simon Cowell LOVED IT!!!
Since appearing on the show, Kevin has performed twice at Glastonbury Festival; entertained the crowds at The Queens Jubilee Concert in Hyde Park; took his first solo cabaret show ‘Cruise Ship Capers’ produced by Assembly to the Edinburgh Festival for a 4 week run to 5 star reviews. Plus 300+ solo shows at Butlin’s, Haven Holiday Resorts, Pontin’s, Tui Gold Europe, Shorefield Holidays & Bunn Leisure!....he has even had a ‘dance off’ with Louie Spence for an Xbox commercial!
Pantomime appearances include Cinderella 2010 & 2015, Sleeping Beauty 2011 & 2017, Jack and The Beanstalk 2012 & 2016, Aladdin 2013, Beauty and the Beast 2014 & Dick Whittington 2018, all at Theatre Royal Windsor for West End producer, Bill Kenwright Ltd.
Television credits include numerous interviews and performances on This Morning, This Morning Summer, Daybreak, Britain’s Got Talent Series 4, Live at 5, and Britain’s Got MORE Talent series 4, 5 and 6.
Kevin’s previous solo shows at Theatre Royal Windsor include ‘A Night On The Fishy Rose’ in 2011, ‘Kevin’s Cruising Cabaret Comedy Show’ in 2013 ‘Kevin’s Comedy Show’ in 2014 ‘Kevin’s Big Fat Cruise Ship Wedding’ in 2015 and 'Kevin's Gert Big Laughter Show' in 2016. 'Kevin's Musical Mayhem Show' in 2017 & 'Kevin's Big Fat Comedy Cruise' in 2018 were held at the Desborough Theatre, Maidenhead. This year's show 'Movie mayhem Spectacular' will be held at the Pearce Suite Theatre, Maidenhead.
This is Martin’s third year performing as ‘Mr Martin’ in the Basil Brush Show. Basil’s trusted side-kick. They have travelled all over the UK performing at holiday parks, shopping centres and festivals.
When Martin’s not donning his Kevin wig or Mr martin cap, he runs his own production company ‘Moon on a Stick’ currently working with the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead on the development of the Desborough Theatre.
After his first Panto in the Royal borough, Martin set up home here with his husband and two dogs and is an active committee member of the Maidenhead Festival, the Maidenhead Christmas Lights and Maidenhead Pride 2019.
Martin is the founder of the ‘Kevin Cruise Foundation’, a charity funding art projects within the Royal Borough as well as subsidising theatre tickets for sick and disadvantaged children . This is a new venture that has already received phenomenal support and last Christmas they gave away over 400 Pantomime tickets to over seventeen local charities. Martin is always looking for volunteers & fundraisers. If you would like more information or think your group, venue, school etc could benefit from the KC Foundation then please message www.kevincruisefoundation.org.uk