Crunch time for Gary, while Kieran hopes it goes without a Hitch

TWO rising stars of the Scottish stage travel to Melrose for a theatre double bill.

Kieran Hurley, winner of the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, presents Hitch, while Crunch is performed by Gary McNair, a former Arches Platform 18 Award winner.

Hurley takes his audience on a journey across Europe with his autobiographical show about his visit to L’Aquila in Italy for the G8 summit of 2009.

He asks questions about the meaning and purpose of political protest, the limits of personal power, and the genuine possibility of change.

McNair takes a satirical look at the value of money with his five-step programme and whether you can rid yourself of the tyranny of cash forever.

Hurley is a writer, performer, and theatre maker who lives in Glasgow.

His CV includes working as a director with Unheard Voices theatre group and he was a founding member of collaborative performance collective For We Are Many.

He has performed Hitch as part of Arches LIVE in 2009 and during the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010.

Also based in Glasgow, McNair graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007.

His performances include A Play, a Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor, How Soon is Nigh? at The Arches and the Traverse Theatre and Count Me In for the National Theatre of Scotland.

Hitch and Crunch come to the Wynd Theatre on Thursday, October 11 at 7.30pm, with tickets £10 (£8) available from

Alternatively, they can be bought from the Wynd via 01896 820028 or by emailing