Theatre (storytelling)

  • Leith Arches - Ground Level
  • 16:00
  • Aug 22
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Saltire Sky Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


It’s lonely at the top, especially at the top of Scotland. Set in the small Town of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, join Fraser Patterson as he wrestles with his mind and body in his struggle with playing the bit-part role of The Big Guy. Brutal playground initiation evolves into real-world tribulation in a society riddled with stigma and prejudice. From Saltire Sky, the Offie and Broadway Baby Bobby Award-winning company, MANikin provides an honest interrogation of society’s views on obesity and body image, seeking how these issues arise, escalate and become life threatening.

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Martin burroughs 105 days ago

Funny yet incredibly moving and powerful. Dont think I've ever seen as many people crying and laughing. Absolutely worth seeing.

Antonia Hossack 106 days ago

Josh's performance was hilarious, engaging and deeply moving all at once. I was so invested in the show from start to finish because of the sheer enthusiasm and range within his performance. The storytelling was fantastic as it really effectively relayed the inner toil and challenges of a person who struggles with being different from wider society. It was an overall fantastic experience and amazing display of talent and storytelling.

Rachel L 108 days ago

This has been my highlight of the Fringe this year. Excellent performance by Josh, engaging, funny and heartbreaking all in one. He brought incredible energy to the role. Absolutely would recommend as a must-see!

Bethany Eason 108 days ago

Hands down the best thing I’ve seen at the fringe this year. Got tickets after seeing (and loving) bits’n’pieces last year, and god I’m so glad we did. Josh was so phenomenal, switching between the different characters with such clarity that you wholly forgot it was a one man show. The tough themes were brought up in such a relatable and honest way that had us absolutely sobbing by the end. Definitely a must see!!!

Lucia Ireland 112 days ago


After their successful run of ‘Bits and Pieces’ that seen its first debut in last years Edinburgh fringe, the company have done it again. Their new play ‘MANikin’ was everything and more than what I expected. If you are looking for anything to watch in the Fringe DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS PRODUCTION!! As an actor in training this company remind me why I began my training in the first place.

Congratulations ❤️

Jane Maria Smith 113 days ago

Fantastic performance - if you havent seen it, you need to!!!!
When this show tours, there will be droughts all over the place - didn’t know I had so many tears in me....both happy and sad ones.
Only 6 more shows, each day at 4pm apart from Thursday 17th. Last show on 22nd - don't miss this opportunity to see a fantastic actor, Josh Brock, delivering a one-man play brilliantly written by Nathan Scott Dunn and co-directed with Sands Stirling.

Jack Bishop 113 days ago

Seen this yesterday and I’m still recovering emotionally today. An insightful piece of theatre, which tackles a rather unspoken of topic, obesity, and the physical, mental and emotional effects this can have on an individual and their family. Do yourself a massive favour and get yourself down to see this, gorgeous writing, seamless directing and beautifully performance by Josh Brock. Must not be missed!!

Fiona Katz 115 days ago

I loved this show so much last week, I've just booked to go and see it again! Honestly, just great! Fantastic writing and FANTASTIC one man performance - once again these guys tug at your heart strings and the next minute have you laughing out loud!

james stuart 118 days ago

Yet again these guys have smashed it, if you see nothing else this year you should see this show!!!! Powerful, passionate performance and superb production and writing make this easily one of the best shows of the year!!!! Get along to Leith Arches, you won’t be disappointed!!!

David G 118 days ago

I see many plays each year and rate this 5*. The performance was excellent and authentic and the play showed how it feels to grow up and be bullied for your weight. Well worth the trip to Leith and one of those plays that will live in my memory for a long time.
Go and see it.

Lucy 118 days ago

5 stars! Go and see it. You'll experience a whole range of emotions as you watch this one-man show. Really well written and amazingly-acted show. I wasn't sure what to expect, but hadn't expected to be so engrossed in every second of the production. I loved it.

Amy Bisp 119 days ago

Saltire Sky does it again. Don’t hesitate, just book this incredible show - it is a must watch! Funny, moving and poignant, Manikin is an absolute Fringe highlight!

Jake G 120 days ago

Beautiful seems too cliché a word these days but I have to say it perfectly sums up this performance. WOW! This is a Must See in every sense of the word! Hilarious, Heartbreaking, Brilliant.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

One of the finest one person plays on the Fringe this year.

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Theatre, Films, and Art Reviews (3.5/5 stars) 107 days ago

A powerful story looking at body image from a male perspective.

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