Page extent: 72
ISBN: 9781783199556
Binding: PaperBack

A Gambler’s Guide To Dying

Gary McNair

PaperBack (03 Aug 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 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 and director Gareth Nicholls return to the Traverse after last year's award-winning, fivestar showDonald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian.

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ISBN13 9781783199556
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 72


'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.' Lyn Gardner, 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

'Finds all the laughs and brings an undeniable authenticity to his tale.' The Stage

'Gary McNair’s one-man show, A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, is a touching examination of how our heroes make us, told through the tale of how he lost his Granddad. McNair mixes humour and pathos seamlessly' The Skinny

'Like all the best storytellers, McNair packs a lot into this deceptively simple tale.' Fest Magazine

‘Full of good-natured gallows humour and buckets of Robin Williams-style pathos, the old message of hope is stitched into every word of McNair’s dialogue’ Edinburgh News  ★★★★★ 

‘A tour de force and a must-see’ The Stage ★★★★★ 

‘Much within the piece exploits the complex and fluid nature of storytelling. McNair takes the audience into the palm of his hand, willingly and wilfully tiptoeing the lines of the fantastical’ The List