“I can’t imagine not being here now. It’s part of me.”
WHO: Max Dickins, Performer/Writer
WHAT: “On 12th December 2015, the body of a man was found dead on Saddleworth Moor. Train tickets showed he’d travelled 200 miles from south-west London, apparently just to die. Despite a national media campaign, he remained unidentified. This is the story of what happened next. Written and performed by Max Dickins of last year’s critical smash-hit The Trunk, this one-man play looks at how people come to disappear and the impact on those they leave behind.”
WHERE: Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61)
WHEN: 15:00 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
No! This is my eighth year out of nine at the fringe. My love affair started as a student at Leeds University when I came up to do a sketch comedy show with ‘the Leeds Tealights’. It was exciting and inspiring: an almost overwhelming theme park of art. Since then I’ve done double-act shows, 3 solo stand-up shows, a play and various new talent showcase shows. I can’t imagine not being here now. It’s part of me.
Tell us about your show.
My show, which I wrote and also perform, is called The Man on the Moor. It’s a gripping one-man play inspired by an incredible true story. On 12th December 2015, a smartly dressed man was found dead on Saddleworth Moor. He was carrying no form of identification. In his pockets was just £130 in cash and return train tickets from London from the previous day. Despite a national media campaign, he remained unidentified. He appeared to have no family, no friends, and no home. He didn’t even have a name. He was simply known as ‘the man on the moor.’
Three questions abounded: Who was this man? Why did he travel 200 miles to die? And why did nobody seem to miss him? After the police went public with the man’s image, 40 different people reached out to claim ‘the man on the moor’ as their missing brother, father, or friend. These people are the left behind. Those who pick up the pieces when someone they love leaves and never comes home again. This show tells their story.
It debuted at the Kings Head Theatre in July before heading to the fringe. I hope to tour it afterwards.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
Go and see lunatic genius comic John Kearns, hilarious off-beat poet Rob Auton, and high-paced improvised comedy troupe The Committee.
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