The Man on the Moor

Thu 3rd – Sun 27th Aug 2017


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Max Dickins


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. '

In The Man On The Moor, Dickins explores the story from the perspective of those searching for missing loved ones. He portrays a man looking for his own missing father; mirroring the real-life case of the son of Hugh Toner, (who had vanished from a hospital in Northern Ireland in 1994).

Emotional purgatory forms the main theme of the piece: people who vanish leave their friends and family in an excruciating limbo; not knowing whether their loved ones are dead or alive. Not knowing if they could have done anything to stop them leaving. There is anger, hurt, guilt, and burning curiosity: what drives someone to disappear? How did I not see this coming? Those left behind do not experience grief, but something different - something more painful, because grief has a resolution; the left behind do not.

Dickens returns to Edinburgh Fringe following last year’s critically acclaimed show The Trunk.

“A resonant story of rediscovering a lost past told with engaging charm” The Stage ****

“A great degree of heart and sympathy” British Theatre Guide ****

'A beautifully crafted story... told with subtlety and compassion ****Scotsman.


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