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, where the audience is transported to an after hours gay bar and invited to speak their mind, created and presented by Civil Disobedience (Scottish Enterprise Awards ‘Leading Producers in Performance Art 2019’ and ‘Most Innovative Immersive Production’ winner; Scottish Culture Awards ‘Ones to Watch’ finalists; Proud Scotland Awards ‘Arts and Media’ finalists).

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 our national LGBT History Month tour in January/February 2019, we’re brought Jock Tamson’s Bairns back to Edinburgh in August. As part of the Free Fringe, we staged a special, three-hour party night version of Jock Tamson’s Bairns for a three-night run at the beautifully opulent Ghillie Dhu.

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Want to discuss JTB with us?

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Obviously the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a huge spanner in the works for any touring plans in 2020, and potentially part of 2021. But we’re still really keen to identify and start conversations with organisations nationally, about potential future presentations of Jock Tamson’s Bairns from 2021 onwards.

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. Depending on the space size / layout / capacity and Government guidelines, the show can be tailored to work around social distancing requirements.  

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: