Actor to perform fringe hit in Galloway

American actor and writer  Michael Milligan
American actor and writer Michael Milligan

Broadway actor Michael Milligan is heading to Wigtownshire this weekend to perform his Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Mercy Killer and look into family hearsay that Michael’s ancestor was one of the Wigtown Martyrs.

Michael received rave reviews for his play at the festival, winning the Scotsman’s Fringe First award, and will be performing at the Millennium Centre, Stranraer on Friday 30 at 7pm and again on Saturday 31 at 3pm 30th. He will finish with a performance in Wigtown on Sunday, September 1 in the County Buildings Supper Room at 3pm.

Michael Milligan is a writer and performer and his play focuses on the inequities and human costs of the American healthcare system. He has performed this piece around the US to raise awareness and advocate for healthcare as a basic human right. Recently, he was invited to perform in the House of Representatives for legislators at the State Capitol in Minnesota.

A review of the play describes it as: “Raw, emotional and devastatingly honest. When Joe’s wife is diagnosed with cancer and the health insurance company refuses to pay, his life and his beliefs begin to fall apart. Broadway actor Michael Milligan’s solo show gives an insight into the destructive personal impact of the American health care system. It makes public the private stories of thousands of Americans and shows an urgent need for change in a system failing so many. His performance is incredibly powerful and passionate, sweeping the audience up in Joe’s story; making them laugh sometimes and bringing them to the edge of tears at others. Milligan has written a beautifully moving and thought-provoking piece that will leave you feeling a mixture of thankful, angered and saddened.”