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Northern Stage welcomes back the popular pairing of dramaturg and facilitator Rosa Postlethwaite and autobiographical theatre maker Hannah Walker for a limited run of topical touring show Gamble from Thursday 19thSaturday 21st May.

Billed as glittering and glamorous, Gamble is a bittersweet multimedia personal narrative that unashamedly challenges compulsive gambler stereotypes and courageously spotlights the omnipresent online gambling industry.

Depicting Hannah’s resonant relationship experiences with a recovering online gambling addict, this hard-hitting play is informed by compulsive gamblers’ personal experiences, interviews with industry experts and comment from loved ones.

Centre stage are the devastating addiction consequences including family break-ups, home and job losses and ultimately the highest suicide rate of all addictions.

In 2020 a House of Lords report, Gambling Harm – Time for Action, found that almost half the UK’s adult population gamble online with the pandemic leading to a crisis. Post-show discussions with Dr Matthew Gaskell, Clinical Lead and Consultant Psychologist for The NHS Northern Gambling Service are accompanied by trigger warnings and supported by helplines.

Online gambling is bigger and easier to access than ever before; Hannah Walker’s Gamble reveals the repercussions are all day, all night, every second, right now.

Gamble is at Northern Stage, Newcastle from Thursday 19th-Saturday 21st May.



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