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 by the Citizens Young Co. in ten Glasgow secondary schools, directed by Lauren Mitchell (a former member of Young Co.).

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. The play draws on what sectarianism and prejudice means to young Glaswegians, and how it affects them and their peers.

Scarfed for Life was developed in collaboration with Sense over Sectarianism and staff and pupils of Glasgow Secondary Schools. In 2011, the Citizens worked with over 80 young people to find out what they thought about the ongoing problem of prejudice and their ideas of how we can move on.

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.In a continued partnership with Sense over Sectarianism, teachers and pupils throughout the west of Scotland use the play and resources in the delivery of PHSE, Drama, Social Science and English.

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

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