By Matthew McVarish

Mon, 08 May, 2023 — Sat, 13 May, 2023

Please note this play ended on Sat, 13 May, 2023.

Directed by Maggie Kinloch


A dark comedy exploring when, if ever, it is kinder or right to choose death.

Donald in his late forties, on the spectrum and lived with his mother who cared for him until she died. Now, he lives alone and his home has become a fortress of solitude as he slips further into the fear of the outside world.

Daniel has been assigned to care for Donald but how do you care for someone who does not want it?

Mathew McVarish returns to A Play, A Pie and A Pint with his final instalment in the ‘Life or Death’ trilogy of plays.

Co-presented with Ayr Gaiety.


Oran Mor, Glasgow: w/c Mon 8 May

Ayr Gaiety: w/c Sat 13 May

MATTHEW MCVARISH  is an actor and playwright with an MA from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  He is very proud that both his first acting and writing jobs were for A Play, A Pie and A Pint. He appeared in Backpacker Blues, Triumvirate, I Heart Maths and Sweet Home Balmaha which he co-wrote with Tom Urie and Donald McLeary. His first solo commission, Remember You Are Beauty Full (starring Claire Knight) in 2012 was the first in this “Life and Death trilogy”. Part two, Kind Stranger (Starring Tom Urie) was in 2017, and Matthew is very excited to bring you the final instalment.

MAGGIE KINLOCH has directed literally hundreds of shows!  She has worked in new writing, children's theatre, the classics, Rep theatre, touring theatre of all genres, been Artistic Director of The Byre Theatre in St Andrews, worked in major drama schools at a senior level, travelled the world in that role, become Deputy Principal of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is now Professor Emerita of RCS. She is also a Registered Wedding and Funeral celebrant with Humanist Society Scotland, conducting ceremonies all over the country.  She has served on the boards of many organisations, among them the National Theatre of Scotland, Creative Scotland, Glasgay, Scottish Funding Council and Humanist Society Scotland.

Please note this play ended on Sat, 13 May, 2023.
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