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A Gambler's Guide To Dying

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Odds are, audiences who secure a ticket will feel as though they’ve hit the jackpot.” ★★★★
The Guardian


    Written byGary McNair
    Start date6 Aug 2015
    End date30 Aug 2015
  • TicketsPreviews £12/£8 concession. Other: Full price £18 / Standard concession £13 / Other concession £8
    Genre Festival, Theatre,



    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 show Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian.

    Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2015. / @TheGaryMcNair / @Show_And_Tell

    Thu 6 August (9pm)

    Preview ticket price
    £12/ £8 concession

    Fri 7 – Sun 30 Aug

    Full price £18
    Standard concession £13
    Other concession £8

    The amount stated is the final price for tickets through all sales channels. For further fee information, see our Box Office information page.


    Age Recommendation

    Image by Jassy Earl / Show And Tell

    Supported by Made in Scotland

    • Gary McNair

      Cast, Writer
    • Gareth Nicholls

    • Show and Tell

    • Odds are, audiences who secure a ticket will feel as though they’ve hit the jackpot.” ★★★★
      The Guardian
    • A terrific production that is frequently both moving and funny.” ★★★★
      Across The Arts
    • This is a treat you ought not to miss” ★★★★
      Edinburgh Guide
    • A moving performance with real heart” ★★★★
      British Theatre Guide
    • Like all the best storytellers, McNair packs a lot into this deceptively simple tale.” ★★★★
      Fest Magazine
    • A beautiful and entertaining tribute”.
      Time Out
    • This big-hearted solo piece… is about the things that make the people we care about immortal and a hand me down mythology which McNair is keeping alive” ★★★★
      The Herald
    • Finds all the laughs and brings an undeniable authenticity to his tale.”
      The Stage
    • McNair is a nimble storyteller who makes his details vivid…" ★★★★
      The Times
    • McNair is a truly impressive performer, charismatic, relaxed and fascinating to watch…” ★★★★
      The Scotsman
    • A touching examination of how our heroes make us…” ★★★★
      The Skinny
    • Funny, observant, poignant” ★★★★
      The Financial Times
    • elegant gem of a production” ★★★★
      The List
    • Funny, self-deprecatory and honest…”
      Scotland on Sunday
    • The emotional dynamics are perfect” ★★★★★
      TV Bomb
    • A warm, heartfelt, beautiful piece.” ★★★★
      Daily Mail
    • Full of good-natured gallus humour and buckets of Robin Williams-style pathos, the old message of hope is stitched into every word of McNair’s dialogue." ★★★★
      Edinburgh Evening News

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