The performance featured an original score created and performed by award-winning Scottish composer David Paul Jones and performed by David McKay Four men are on a ship from Havana to New York, all of them champion swimmers, playing poker. It is not for nothing that they call one of them ‘Lucky Johnny’. But this time, he is really pushing his luck… The production was originally developed in residency with Grid Iron and Cove Park, before being further developed and supported by The National Theatre Studio and Northern Stage, Newcastle, with support from Awards for All.visit the poker stories website
A MEMORABLY ATMOSPHERIC PIECE OF THEATRE, TIMELY, UNSETTLING, COLD AND TRUEThe Scotsman
“David McKay’s acting was phenomenal – totally believable and the music really added to the show. In fact, John and I were struggling to think of better performances we’d seen over the last twenty years (and we see a lot of theatre) – it was that good. Such an original and authentic work. I sigh at the misfortune of those poor souls who will not have the opportunity to see this beautiful piece – as the run is so short and is only touring to Newcastle and Glasgow I understand. Thank you for the opportunity to see a work of such rare beauty.”read the full review
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