Dear Billy

Assembly Rooms, Music Hall | Edinburgh Festival Fringe

13 - 25 Aug | Edinburgh Festival Fringe



From the people of Scotland

If you don’t know who Billy Connolly is, ask the people of Scotland. And if you want to know about the people of Scotland, ask them about Billy Connolly.

Last year’s sell-out smash hit celebration of one of Scotland’s best loved performers, The Big Yin, is back by popular demand.

Gary McNair, one of Scotland’s finest theatre makers, and an expert team of story gatherers spent years speaking to people all over the country about The Big Yin. Some knew him in childhood, at the shipyards of the Clydeside, from his trailblazing and extraordinary stage and movie exploits. Some had only met him once, some still dream of meeting him but they all had one thing in common- they weren’t short of things to say about him.

Gary then took this huge collection of moving and hilarious tales and turned them into a joyous piece of theatre celebrating the Big Yin and what he means to us.

So join him and the band as they hit the road again, collecting more stories as they go, making every show different. A great dat out for all that will have you in stitches!

Written and performed by Gary McNair and directed by Joe Douglas.

A National Theatre of Scotland production

5 Stars

A populist, funny and poignant jigsaw puzzle collage

Scottish Daily Mail

5 Stars

Vivid, funny and poignant

The Guardian

5 Stars

Moving, fascinating and often hilarious

The Scotsman

5 Stars


All Edinburgh Theatre

5 Stars

A gloriously masterful 90 minutes of theatre

The Telegraph

5 Stars

Rich and moving

The Arts Desk

4 Stars

Reminds us why it’s so great and how much it means to all of us

Daily Record

4 Stars

McNair... shapes the material beautifully... with respect and affection

The Times

4 Stars

Surprisingly thoughtful

The Herald

what audiences are saying

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