Gary McNair: Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand Up Comedian

The Arches and National Theatre of Scotland present

Gary McNair: Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand Up Comedian

Part of BEHAVIOUR 2013

Wed 3 - Sat 6 Apr 2013 | 7pm (1 hour) | No performance on Fri 5th | £8/£6 - or buy a Festival Pass for £45/£35


“McNair is at his brilliant best… it’s difficult to imagine these vital questions about comedy, masculinity, hierarchy and cruelty being handled more skilfully”
**** The Scotsman

“McNair forensically explores the power of comedy to win friends and humiliate people… Killingly funny.”
**** The Herald

“Cunning, smartly paced and with just the right dash of poignant material.”

Across The Arts

“…a beautifully written and ambitious piece…”
**** Daily Record

“A major new talent.”
**** Sunday Mail

Gary is a theatre maker.
He loves to laugh.
He would love to make you laugh.
He is not a comedian.

As a solo performer, people often compare Gary’s work to stand up comedy. He never knows quite how to take that. So, when given the chance to experiment with form on the Auteurs Project, he decided to find out more about comedy. He delved into the world of stand up.

He watched 103 stand ups in clubs and countless more on recorded media. He travelled to London, New York and Dundee. He met with legends, wannabes and academics. He read 21 biographies, watched 12 documentaries. He’s done it all – apart from getting up there and trying it himself. Until tonight.

During his exploration of comedy, he met a boy called Donald. Gary would like to tell you Donald’s story.

Gary will also be curating and hosting Gary’s Chuckle Hut, a pop-up comedy club for trying and dying and facing fears, on the following dates:

Thu 25th April | 10pm | 1hr | FREE
Sun 5th May | 9pm | 1hr | FREE
Thu 9th May | 10pm | 1hr | FREE

Part of the Auteurs Project.

About BEHAVIOUR 2013

BEHAVIOUR is the Arches’ annual festival of live performance. Now in its 5th year, the 2013 programme sees 15 different shows featuring Scottish talent alongside work from London, Berlin, New York and Canada. As with previous years, the festival extends out of the Arches and across the city, with performances taking place in the iconic Arches building as well as in a range of traditional and unusual spaces across Glasgow including a working landfill site, a Govan community centre and Tramway.

View the full listings for BEHAVIOUR 2013.

About the Auteurs Project

The Auteurs Project, a collaboration between the Arches and the National Theatre of Scotland, has seen 5 Scottish theatre makers – Rob Drummond, Gary McNair, Kieran Hurley, Nic Green and Claire Cunningham – embark on a two year development programme, including international research residencies, writing and thinking retreats, performance training, creative exchanges with other practitioners, placements and mentorships. The resulting works-in-progress are being performed for the first time as part of BEHAVIOUR. More info.