Robbie Gordon

Director of "McNeill of Tranent: Fastest Man In The World"


George McNeill was born in Tranent, a small Scottish mining town. He began his career as a part-time professional footballer, signing for Hibernian at sixteen.

Giving up football to concentrate on athletics, he was banned from running as an amateur due to his professional football career, meaning he could never compete in the Commonwealth or Olympic Games. Despite this, he went on to break the professional world record and win a professional world sprint title in 1972. However, with all of these successes, George’s story is still mostly unknown to the wider world...until now. 

Told by McNeill himself, this one-man show in collaboration with Wonder Fools, depicts his remarkable true story with hilarious anecdotes, archival film footage and music. 

"He was never McNeill of Great Britain, he was not even McNeill of Scotland, he remained McNeill of Tranent -“The Fastest Man in the World”.

previous performances

19 May 2015
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

18 February 2015
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

12 November 2014
Le Monde, Edinburgh

20 August 2014
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

30 July 2014
Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
(Part of Festival 2014)

21-22 July 2014
Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

creative Team


Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse


George McNeill

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Director of "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Remix)"


Wonder Fools' adaptation of 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' by David Greig displaces the rural folk culture explored in the original play with the nightlife of Glasgow.

Greig’s original text was reinterpreted to explore lad culture, the objectification of women and subculture in Scotland. With four guys flashing back and forth between the morning after and the night before, trying to make sense of what's been and what's coming; accompanied by projection and a live DJ.

Wonder Fools were commissioned to explore this text by Playwright Studio Scotland's Crossing the Line Programme


Kenny Boyle
Connie Hartley
Jamie Buchanan
Mark Barrett
Robbie Gordon



creative Team


Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse

Sound Design (DJ)

Joshua Payne