Gamble is a glittering, glamourous peek into the spectacular world of online gambling.

A Hannah Walker production

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Gamble is a glittering, glamourous peek into the spectacular world of online gambling. A bittersweet multimedia show about addiction and its effect on families, friendships and communities. Gamble challenges the stereotypes attached to compulsive gamblers through a personal narrative and is informed by interviews with industry experts, health professionals, people in recovery, and their loved ones.

Hannah used to think gambling was all about the big wins at the village monthly bingo. Then she moved to the BIG, bright city of Newcastle… and had huge nights at the casino. A decade later the gambling industry is all about online and BIGGER than ever!

The UK gambling industry is worth £14.3 billion and it’s estimated that there are around 24 million people in the UK who participate in online gaming. That’s about 44% of the entire adult population. Gambling has the highest rate of suicide of all the addictions. Research indicates that there are between 250 and 650 gambling related suicides every year in the UK… a minimum of one every working day.

Nothing will ever be any easier than being able to open your phone, log in online and start gambling, all within the comfort of your own home alongside those you love most.

All day.
All night.
Every second.

Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with Dr Matthew Gaskell - Clinical Lead & Consultant Psychologist for The NHS Northern Gambling Service.

Trigger warning:

Gambling (live play, images, sounds) which may be very triggering to people with a gambling addiction or who are in recovery. References to mental health conditions. There will be a post-show discussion (including time for spontaneous questions from the audience) which may include references to other potential triggers including suicide. 

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Creative Team

Co- Creator: Rosa Postlethwaite
Creative Developer and Digital Artist: Paul Trickett
Creative Consultant: Paula Penman
Lighting Designer and Stage Manager: Craig Spence
Original Music: Jamie Cook
Mentor: Amy Golding

Behind the Scenes

Production photos by Luke Waddington



BSL Signed Performance logo BSL signed performance Fri 20 May, 7pm

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available.
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