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The Last Burrah Sahibs with Max Scratchman

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Scottish Poetry Library

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Edinburgh

EH8 8DT

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The Last Burrah Sahibs is a one-hour one-man-show about the old Scottish jute colonies along the Hooghly river in Bengal during the 1960s when it was still possible to walk down Calcutta streets on a Saturday and only hear Scottish accents.

Max Scratchmann was born into this old-style colonial life of luxury in the 1950s long after it was supposed to have ended (British rule ceased in India in 1947!) and then brought ‘home’ to a very different life in Scotland in the mid-60s.

2017 marks seventy years of Indian independence and Max will recreate this forgotten lifestyle and honour the men who slogged away for long hours in the midday sun to create it. For his performance at the Scottish Poetry Library he is going to specially adapt his Edinburgh Fringe Show to bring his poetic works to the fore.

“Funny, personal and moving - it’s an elegy to a lost past...” The Courier

Scratchmann possesses “the easy style of a practiced humorist...” The Scots Magazine


Max Scratchmann is an accomplished and award-winning digital artist. He is also a popular performance poet and has appeared at numerous festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, Imaginate, Hidden Door, the Kelburn Garden Party, the Glasgow Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Celtic Festival and the Merchant City Festival. He was a competitor in the 2017 Scottish Poetry Slam Final and is the creative director of the performance poetry company, FREAK Circus, ranked number 83 in The List’s Hot One Hundred for 2016.

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