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 life long interest in talking and listening to folks. One thing is certain, there will be surprises, and entertainment, suited to the occasion. Jack’s favourites are comic stories, but he also likes to tell scary stories, fairy stories and his own stories, based on personal experiences.
Jack is at ease, whether he is using puppets with the very young, or telling 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 from 200 he 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 Patients who had been very withdrawn due to their illnesses, very often enjoyed these sessions and showed improvement.
In the spring of 2005 he worked for the 'Mary King Close' Ghost Fest - relaying chilling stories of the supernatural, subsequently touring with his one-man 'Edinburgh Merchant' show, which provides a truly unique insight into the 1760-80 period. Jack has told stories at the Guid Crack Club, is a member of the ‘Life Stories’ Group and is a proud winner of the Tall Tales Oscar on three occasions - the only storyteller to date to have managed this feat.
Jack has been involved in many TV roles throughout his career, most recently appearing in the current series of the comedy 'Still Game' and played a prominent part in the BBC production 'Scotland on Film'. He also holds the honour of appearing in the first ever production of the Scottish national Theatre at then Queen's Hall.
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