“It’s been a real treat seeing McNair bloom as an artist over the years, and this Gareth Nicholls-directed show is a genuine pleasure—a beautifully written, deceptively simple, warmly comic piece that accumulates layers of meaning through the act of storytelling itself. It’s rich and earthily funny in its depiction of Gorbals in the 1960s, and delicate in its portrayal of the relationship between a grandson and his grandfather, and the desire we all have to be seen as special: the hero or heroine of our own story.” —Guardian
“Gary McNair’s monologue A Gambler’s Guide to Dying is a tribute to his grandfather that blends a nostalgic warmth and a few good chuckles with some smart stuff about the nature of storytelling...a beautiful and entertaining tribute.” —Time Out
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 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.
Gary McNair writes, directs and performs work for the theatre. His shows have been performed across the UK and translated and toured internationally. His last show to visit the Traverse, Born To Run, was nominated for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and his 2010 show How Soon Is Nigh? was the winner of the Arches Platform 18 Award For New Work. Other writing credits include Sports Day (Citizens Theatre), The Coldest Show On Earth (Edinburgh International Science Festival), Count Me In (National Theatre of Scotland), Flipside (Trigger) and Crunch (Oran mor).