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 â€œthe Rajâ€ was supposed to have ended â€“ British rule ceased in India in 1947 â€“ and then brought â€˜homeâ€™ 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 Britainâ€™s children of empire.
â€œFunny, personal and moving - itâ€™s an elegy to a lost past...â€ -The Courier
Scratchmann possesses â€œthe easy style of a practiced humorist...â€ -The Scots Magazine