Fresh from a successful run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, 'The Last Burrah Sahibs' is a one-hour one-man spoken-word-show about the mansion-house-dwelling life led by ordinary British mill workers in the old jute colonies along the Hooghly river in twentieth century Bengal.
Max Scratchmann was born into this old-style colonial life of luxury and brought up in a huge house with fleets of servants long after “the Raj” 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.
Employing warm and entertaining narrative storytelling, previously unseen archive video and even a little poetry to recreate the Downton-Abbey-style life of the Hooghly River Jute Colonies, Max will bring this little-known colonial lifestyle to life and honour the men who slogged away for long hours in the midday sun to create it.
Warm, funny and breathtakingly-entertaining, this show is a must for anyone interested in the personal stories of Britain’s children of empire.
“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