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…
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.
For our debut season throughout LGBT History Month 2019, Jock Tamson’s Bairns will explore the universal issues of equality, belonging and finding your tribe.
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 February 2019
You can now book tickets for the following end-January and February performances of Jock Tamson’s Bairns, which are part of the official LGBT History Month programme.
Big Burns Supper Festival, Dumfries
Thursday 31st January 2019, 21:30 (90 minutes)
Tickets £14.50: Book now
Paisley Arts Centre
Saturday 2nd February 2019, 20:00 (90 minutes)
Tickets from £8: Book now
Wednesday 6th of February, 20:00 (90 minutes)
Monday 18th of February, 20:00 (90 minutes)
Tickets from £7: Book now
Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh
Thursday 21st of February, 20:00 (90 minutes)
Friday 22nd of February, 20:00 (90 minutes)
Saturday 23rd of February, 20:00 (90 minutes)
Tickets from £10: Book now
Want to book JTB?
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the catalysts that kick-started the modern pride movement.
We’re looking to build on 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.