Manikin is Saltire Sky’s latest production, following on from their acclaimed show – 1902. Manikin is a solo piece, written and directed by Nathan Scott Dunn and performed by Josh Brock.

An honest exploration of unresolved generational trauma, and how this affects our behaviour and well-being

The play begins with a call for the protagonist, Fraser, to go back to the start and explain his life’s journey. Beginning with his birth, we are taken through key moments in Fraser’s development, centering primarily on his experience at school. Fraser is bullied because of his weight, and this affects his behaviour, which in turn creates further isolation.

Much of the blame for this chain of events is placed squarely at the feet of Fraser’s mum. It becomes apparent that throughout her life, she has been dogged by issues surrounding her diet and lifestyle culminating in a diagnosis of type two diabetes. She regrets this, and often tells him ‘to do what I say; not what I do’, but lacking the awareness and resources to resolve her issues as a parent, she has unwittingly passed them on to her son who is now suffering the consequences.

Josh Brock’s performance is powerful, emotionally committed and energetic – playing Fraser, his teachers, his friends, and most charmingly, his mum.

There is understandably a lot of anger and resentment to be shared. At times, this can come across like a relentless tirade. The piece overall might therefore benefit from finding a little more performative and vocal variation.

Manikin is not really a play about body-weight or diabetes or bullying. At the core, it’s an honest exploration of unresolved generational trauma, and how this affects our behaviour and well-being.

In our own lives, it’s often hard to ‘see the wood for the trees’ in terms of our own psychology, but plays that zoom out to look at the bigger picture offer us a perspective that can be both useful and cathartic.

Visit Show Website

Reviews by Mel Evans



Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Burnt Lavender

Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Attachment: The Leech Show

Assembly George Square


theSpace on the Mile

Graveyard of the Outcast Dead

Assembly George Square Studios



Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now



The Blurb

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.

Most Popular See More


From £39.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £35.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets