A Gambler’s Guide To Dying


What are the odds on living an extraordinary life? Gary McNair multi award-winning monologue transfers to Adelaide following his total, sell-out run at the Traverse Theatre during the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The story of one boy’s Scottish granddad who won a fortune betting on England to win 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.

Written and performed by Gary McNair and directed by Gareth Nicholls – the creative team behind 2014’s award-winning sell-out hit Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian.

Writer & Performer – Gary McNair. Director – Gareth Nicholls. Lighting Designer – Simon Hayes. Sound Designer & Composer – MJ McCarthy. Sound Associate – Gareth Griffiths. Stage Manager – Fiona Johnston. Supported by the 2015 Made In Scotland showcase.


‘Odds are, audiences who secure a ticket will feel as though they’ve hit the jackpot… Gary McNair shines in this beautifully written show’
The Guardian

‘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 big-hearted solo piece’
The Herald

‘Funny, observant, poignant’
Financial Times

‘A moving performance with real heart’
British Theatre Guide

‘An elegant gem of a production’
The List

‘Like all the best storytellers, McNair packs a lot into this deceptively simple tale’
Fest Mag

‘This is a treat you ought not to miss’
Edinburgh Guide

‘A terrific production that is frequently both moving and funny’
Across The Arts 

‘A touching examination of how our heroes make us’
The Skinny

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Dates / Venues

FEB 9 to MAR 13; Holden Street Theatre, ADELAIDE –
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