Gary McNair


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Gary McNair

Gary McNair is a playwright, director and performer based in Glasgow.

His aim is to make work that will entertain and challenge audiences in equal measures.

After graduating with first class honours in Contemporary Theatre Practice from the RSAMD (now RCS) in 2007, he has produced work with and for many of Scotland's major theatre companies, and his work has been translated into several languages and performed around the world.

His most recent work includes A Gambler's Guide to Dying, which enjoyed a successful run at the Traverse Theatre during the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show received huge critical acclaim, was the recipient of a Fringe First and the Holden Street Theatre awards, and was featured in the BBC's best solo shows of the Fringe. It went on international tour in Australia in February 2016. 

Of Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand Up Comedian, The Scotsman said "it's difficult to imagine these vital questions about comedy, masculinity, hierarchy and cruelty being handled more skillfully, in such a short span, or with such a sense of self-questioning irony, from a writer and performer who knows his power to make audiences suspend disbelief, and who mistrusts and challenges that power, every inch of the way."

You can follow his infrequent tweets @thegarymcnair

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Square Go (2018 The Traverse, written with Kieran Hurley)
Locker Room Talk
(2017 The Traverse)
After The Cuts
 (2015 Òran  Mór)
A Gambler's Guide To Dying (2015 The Traverse)
The War On Christmas (2014 The Arches)
How To Choose?  (2014 Trigger)
Donald Robertson is Not A Stand Up Comedian (2013 National Theatre of Scotland/ The Arches/ The Traverse)
What You Don't Know...  (2013 Trigger)
Born To Run (2012 Òran  Mór/The Traverse)
Count Me In  (2011 National Theatre of Scotland/The Citizens/ The Traverse)
How Soon is Nigh? (2010 The Arches/ The Traverse)
Crunch (2010 Òran  Mór/ National Theatre of Scotland)


Winner: Scotsman Fringe First Award 2015 for A Gambler's Guide To Dying
Winner: The Holden Street Theatre Award 2015 for A Gambler's Guide To Dying
Winner: TheEdinburghArt Club Flying Artichoke Award 2014 for Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand Up Comedian
Winner: The Arches Platform 18 Award For New Work 2010 for How Soon Is Nigh?
Winner: The Avrom Greenbaum Players Award 2007 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Nominated:The Carol Tambor Best Of Edinburgh Award 2012 for Born To Run

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