A Gambler’s Guide to Dying**** (Traverse Theatre 2, Edinburgh)

Posted: August 24, 2015 in Theatre

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Gary McNair’s Donald Robertson is not a Stand-up Comedian was my favourite show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and here he is again at the same venue, this time with an affectionate tribute to his own grandfather, probably the only man in Glasgow to have placed a bet on England to win the World Cup in 1966. McNair proves again that he is a consummate storyteller with a beautifully constructed tale, full of irony, pathos and humour. The unmistakable squeaky voice of Donald takes us through McNair’s childhood fascination with his granddad’s eccentricity, leading to unconcealed admiration during the old man’s dying years. Maybe the sting in the tail is not quite as sharp as in last year’s show, but still this is another hour to treasure.

Performance date: 16 August 2015

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