Square Go!


You remember it. Of course you do. You’re in school- perhaps it’s the playground or the toilets. Perhaps it’s between two classes. You’ve just said or done the wrong thing; you’ve over stepped the line and pissed off the wrong person.

That person is bigger than you.

They are scarier than you; they could probably go 10 rounds with Frank Bruno; they could definitely take Wolf from Gladiators. And that person then says the four words that you’ve always dreaded hearing, four words that can not be taken back without action, four words that set off a chain reaction in your nervous system that results in you involuntarily and in front of everyone, filling your BHS pants with yesterday’s lunch.

Those words are of course: “You, me, square go!”

Maybe it was different for you. Maybe you kept control of your bowels. Maybe, just maybe, you managed to make it all the way through your school years without being called for your go. But hey, that has its own set of problems: the latest research suggests that those who made it through school without being called for their go have a large feeling of existential dread that has long since replaced the relief that was felt at the time.

You see, it’s one of those things, part of the rich tapestry of life that you have to deal with like getting your baby teeth out- no one wants to lose teeth, but you can’t get through without that vital step. The research suggests it’s a rights of passage.

Over the last few years, Kieran Hurley and I have been reflecting on this right of passage moment for Scottish school pupils. Now, we have fused our memories, imaginations and the folklore of our youth to bring you the a new show about the fear of having to step up and go toe to toe in your square go.

So if you’d like to see how young Max Brocklehurst gets on preparing for his go against the king of the school, knuckle dragger Danny Guthrie, then you can come down to our development sharing presented by Random Accomplice, directed by Gareth Nicholls, with music from Michael John McCarthy at Platform, Easterhouse, this Thursday 3rd April at 7.00pm. Did I mention it was FREE? We’d love to see there to support wee Max.

For more info click here.