Scarfed for Life

In February 2020, Martin Travers’ modern parable set against the backdrop of the first Old Firm clash of the season will be performed in Glasgow secondary schools.

Funny, hard-hitting and thought provoking; Scarfed for Life tells the story of two teenage friends caught in the crossfire of polite suburban prejudice and garden equipment. This play draws on what sectarianism and prejudice actually means to young Glaswegians, and how it affects them and their peers.

Originally staged in June 2011, the Citizens Theatre worked with over 80 young people from 4 Glasgow schools to find out what they thought about the ongoing problem of prejudice and their ideas of how we can move on. The play toured secondary schools that year.

In 2013, in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service, a new version of the play was performed for over 1,200 prisoners.

In 2015, the play was performed at the JUST Festival, Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Working in partnership with Sense over Sectarianism, teachers and pupils throughout the west of Scotland study the second edition of the play (adapted for use in schools and in youth group settings).

Scarfed for Life is published by Bloomsbury

Funded by Sense Over Sectarianism


Written by Martin Travers
Original production directed by Guy Hollands
Directed by Lauren Mitchell

​A resource pack for teachers is available from Education Scotland’s Education Improvement Hub