Show And Tell with Gary McNair presents

A Gambler’s Guide To Dying

Winner – The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2015

What are the odds of living an extraordinary life? This is the story of one boy’s granddad who won a fortune betting on the 1966 football World Cup and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. An intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind.

Following a total sell-out Traverse Theatre season at the Edinburgh Festival 2015, plus sell-out runs in Australia and the United States and a BBC2 Culture Show feature, Gary McNair’s widely acclaimed, multi award-winning show tours nationwide.

Gary McNair is an award-winning writer, performer and director from Glasgow. He has presented numerous, acclaimed, theatre shows in the past six years, including commissions from the National Theatre of Scotland. These include Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian (Traverse Theatre, UK tour), Crunch (NTS, Forest Fringe, UK tour) and Born To Run (Traverse Theatre).

★★★★ “Gary McNair shines in this beautifully written, deceptively simple, warmly comic piece that accumulates layers of meaning through the act of storytelling itself. Rich and earthily funny – a genuine pleasure.” – The Guardian

★★★★ “An amusing and affecting monologue… [Gary] McNair is a nimble storyteller… One of the hits of the Edinburgh Fringe.” – The Times

★★★★ “A witty and thoughtful account… McNair is a truly impressive performer, charismatic, relaxed and fascinating to watch.” – The Scotsman

“An enjoyable and at times affecting romp through time and memory… Well worth a punt.” – The National

★★★★ “A moving performance with real heart.” – British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “Funny, observant, poignant.” – The Financial Times

“A compelling performance.” – Sincerely, Amy

“Funny. Beautiful. Powerful. Hopeful. Sad.” – Within My Locket

“Cleverly combines the wealth of human emotions that are necessary for mass appeal… It’s impossible not to love and connect with McNair’s characters.” – Mancunian Matters

★★★★ “A warm, uplifting, and life-affirming piece… A delightfully warm and earthily comical performance… McNair’s witty rollercoaster performance is strong, committed and engaging.” – North West End

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  • Running time 70 mins. No interval
  • Recommended for age 14+
  • Latecomers will not be admitted
  • £12 full/£10 concs
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