You go to a club to watch some drag. The music is great. The performances are on point, the booze is flowing freely and the room is filled with laughter. Someone says something stupid. Possibly homophobic. Possibly sexist. Do you challenge them?

About the show…

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Exploring queer culture and the bystander effect, Jock Tamson’s Bairns is a brand new immersive show created and presented by Civil Disobedience (Scottish Culture Awards ‘Ones to Watch’ finalists), where the audience is transported to an after hours gay bar and invited to speak their mind.

No topic is taboo, but a respect for your fellow humans is compulsory.

Mixing scripted elements of stand up, storytelling, cabaret and drag with a variety of guest performances and audience interaction, music, spoken word, theatre, and the punters take centre stage in this semi-improvised 90-minute show.

“A traditional tale relates how a man walking along a beach sees a boy throwing stranded starfish into the waves. When asked why he’s doing this, the boy replies that with the ebbing tide, the starfish will die from exposure. The man points out that there are miles and miles of beach and thousands of stranded starfish. What difference could the boy make? The boy bends down, returning another starfish to the ocean, and replies: ‘It makes a difference to this one’”

Touring in 2019

Following on from our national LGBT History Month tour in January/February 2019, we’re bringing Jock Tamson’s Bairns back to Edinburgh this August.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This August, we’re bringing a special, three-hour party night version of Jock Tamson’s Bairns to Edinburgh Fringe for a three-night run at the beautifully opulent Ghillie Dhu.

Wednesday 21st of August, 19:00-22:00 (180 minutes)
Thursday 22nd of August, 19:00-22:00 (180 minutes)
Sunday 25th of August, 19:00-22:00 (180 minutes)

Tickets: FREE, but book in advance to guarantee entry.

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Want to book JTB?

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2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the catalysts that kick-started the modern pride movement.

We want to build on the success of our LGBT History Month tour and are currently looking to identify organisations nationally to book further presentations of Jock Tamson’s Bairns throughout 2019.

Jock Tamson’s Bairns is designed to be easy to tour and present in various spaces, from pubs, clubs, theatres, schools, community halls and even offices.

Ideally we need access to lights and sound; our blue sky scenario being that we present the show in operational theatre/cabaret spaces with a working bar.

Want more info?

If you would like us to send you our full Jock Tamson’s Bairns touring pack, or want to discuss a potential booking, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Download the Jock Tamson’s Bairns poster for the LGBT History Month performances at Assembly Roxy in February 2019 as a PDF file: