Jack Martin

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Jack Martin compares his stories with the contents of the drawer in his grannie’s sideboard. You just never know what will happen, there are so many various bits and pieces, all the result of a lifelong interest in talking and listening to folk. One thing is certain, there will be surprises and entertainment suited to the occasion from this personable teller.

Jack’s favourites are comic tales, but he also likes to tell scary stories, fairy stories and his own stories, based on personal experience. Jack is at ease using puppets with the very young or telling to the elderly about life in Edinburgh. Born in an overcrowded Edinburgh tenement, Jack discovered early on that the person who could entertain had a better lifestyle. After service with the R.A.F. he became an entertainer, performing in numerous workingmen’s clubs and holiday camps as a stand-up comic. During the 1980-90’s, Jack appeared in fifteen professional pantomimes at the Brunton Theatre and had a two-year run at the Edinburgh Dungeon performing various notorious characters from history.

While working as an associate member of the Occupational Therapy Department at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, he was instrumental in introducing drama, play reading and storytelling to day care patients. Patients who had been very withdrawn due to their illnesses enjoyed these sessions and showed improvement. Jack has told stories at the Guid Crack Club, is a member of the Life Stories Group and has won the Tall Tales Oscar on three occasions – the only storyteller to date to have managed this feat!

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