Brief Biography

Max Dickins is a published playwright, an author, an actor, a presenter and a comedian. He has appeared on national television, in shows such as Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. He’s had his own show on Absolute Radio, where he was nominated for a Sony Radio Award. And his live shows have toured nationally.

Radio, stand-up, sketch comedy and presenting

I started my career as a radio presenter for Absolute Radio, spending two years behind the mic in my own show. I was nominated for a prestigious Sony Radio Award in the process, losing to Jarvis Cocker in the Rising Star category.

In 2011, I moved into stand-up comedy and spent 6 years on the circuit, performing more than a thousand gigs. At the fringe I have appeared in garlanded show-cases ‘The Lunchtime Club’ and ‘AAA’. And have performed three solo hour-long shows, “This Will Only Take a Moment” in 2012, ‘Dear Ray’ in 2013, and ‘My Groupon Adventure’ which was a sell-out smash hit at the Pleasance Courtyard in 2014.

Recently I was the presenter of ‘Voom Room‘ (Sundog Pictures), featuring news, gossip and great guests from Voom 2016 and 2018. Think Dragon’s Den, but with Sir Richard Branson. You can watch my presenting show reel here. I often present events and video content for brands including Esquire and many more. Please get in touch for more information about this.

Plays

My 2016 show, ‘The Trunk’, a funny and moving one-man play, was a critical hit at the Edinburgh festival receiving several 4 and 5 star reviews. The Trunk is ‘A resonant story of rediscovering a lost past told with engaging charm’, says Gerald Berkowitz in The Stage, who later picked the show out as one of their top critics’ picks of the Edinburgh Festival.  British Theatre Guide herald The Trunk’s balance of ‘Humour with snatched moments of real emotion…A mystery well worth seeing through.’ Whilst The Scotsman hails it as ‘a beautifully crafted story…told with subtlety and compassion through all its twists and turns.’ It was named by Theatre Weekly as one of their top ten theatre shows of 2016.

My second play, ‘The Man on the Moor,’ debuted at Edinburgh in 2017 where it was named critic’s choice in The Times, The Skinny, The Guardian (Lyn Gardner) and The Metro. It was a critical hit gathering twelve separate four or five star reviews. It went on to complete a national tour in the spring of 2018. My third play ‘Kin’ was published by legendary theatre publishers Samuel French in July 2018 and subsequently debuting at the Fringe. In Edinburgh it was named as critic’s choice in The Independent, The Guardian and Theatre Weekly. The List describing it as a ‘taut and riveting examination of the complex nature of sibling love.’

Books

My first book, ‘My Groupon Adventure’, was published in June 2016 by Unbound/Penguin-Random House. It has been featured on Radio 4Absolute RadioVirgin RadioNews Talk FMReal People MagazineThe Irish Examiner, the Daily Star and many other national media outlets. The Irish Examiner writing, ‘This is more than just a funny account of a madcap adventure…it’s full of heart.’

Acting and other writing

I recently appeared in two episodes of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on BBC1, including the Christmas special which was seen by more than 15 million people on Christmas Day. As a writer and actor, I’ve have written and appeared in sketches on BBC2 (Dick n’Dom’s Funny Business) and Channel 4 (This Just In). I’ve provided material for and starred in a Sky1 pilot for Princess Productions (The Abominable Hoax Men), and also a BBC America pilot for Burning Bright Productions (Almost Royal). Further, I’ve written for Made in Chelsea spin-off Mad on Chelsea (E4). Finally, I’ve sold a radio format to NBC Universal, aswell as having sitcom scripts in development with production companies Zeppotron, Bwark and now Tiger-Aspect.

Improvisation

I regularly perform improvised comedy all over the country and beyond with acclaimed group The Committee. We were recently named by The Times as one of the top improv troupes in the UK, and have a monthly residency at The Miller in London Bridge.

For further information on any of my work, or to see a show reel, please contact my agent Hatch Talent Management.

People I’ve worked with

A selection of press quotes

“This is a great hour packed full of laughs…Great charm and talent in a beautifully constructed show.” – Kate Copstick -The Scotsman (4 stars)

A resonant story of rediscovering a lost past told with engaging charm“,  The Stage (4 stars)

Humour with snatched moments of real emotion…A mystery well worth seeing through.” British Theatre Guide (4 stars)

A beautifully crafted story…told with subtlety and compassion through all its twists and turns.” Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman (4 stars)

Something very special indeed“, Theatre Weekly (5 stars)

”A great mystery, expertly told.” Ann Treneman, The Times, (4 stars)

Captivating…you’d be a fool to miss this.” Fest Magazine (4 stars)

“A deeply mature piece of storytelling…makes you think, makes you feel, makes you want to find the answers.” Broadway Baby (4 stars)

“A masterly monologue that is both, in the best sense, highly entertaining and deeply thought provoking.” Edinburgh guide (4 stars)

“Artfully crafted… a taut and riveting examination of the complex nature of sibling love.” The List (4 stars)

“Buckets of energy” – The Daily Telegraph

 “rib-tickling” – Bruce Dessau – The Evening Standard

“fantastic…he made the show” – The British Comedy Guide (4 stars)