And when we say “our creator”, we mean Civil Disobedience Director Barry Church-Woods, who created Jock Tamson’s Bairn.
A trained actor with decades of experience working on the Scottish and international arts/festival scene, Barry wrote the semi-autobiographical script, directs the show, and acts in it.
The show is a passion project that Barry first started working on in 2016, and collectively we all – Barry, Joe (his business/life partner) and an amazing group of talented friends – finally got Jock Tamson’s Bairns on stage in Jan/Feb 2019 for a national, sell-out tour, as part of the LGBT History Month programme.
Barry says about Jock Tamson’s Bairns:
“Scotland hasn’t always been the progressive, liberal country it is now and I really wanted to share some of my lived experiences growing up queer in the 1980s and 90s. I also wanted to create work that reminds us that hate, discrimination and violence against the LGBTQ+ community is still very real – with homophobic attitudes on the rise in the UK for the first time in three decades.
Initially I thought I was writing a piece of queer autobiographical theatre, but during development and sharing I realised I was creating a platform for audiences to discuss our common experiences. The show combines storytelling with real-life heartbreak and trauma, but at its core it’s an uplifting, musical celebration of queer culture, icons, resistance and the fundamental belief that love wins. No two shows are the same, but every single performance is filled with passion and joy thanks to our crazy talented cast.”