In a room of questionable hygiene;  in the dark of a fairy dell; in the tinkling omnipresence of ice cream and the alluring uncovered well...

This performance is a place where children’s lives are unbounded by constant adult surveillance and all dominant generational power relations are destroyed. Do you dare to join us in our new world order?

In the Interest of… is a deranged disco, showboating the consequences of society’s reluctance to let their children take risks. Featuring some very special dancers and some very loud music, be prepared to come on in and raise merry hell. Are we living the dream or embodying the nightmare?


World Premiere: 24/25 May 2019, Tramway, Glasgow as part of Take Me Somewhere 2019.

★★★★★ REVIEW:

Don’t look now; but out on the more adventurous edges of theatre-making, the idea of theatre performed by professional actors for a paying public is approaching meltdown, and not only because of the pressures of austerity. Artists are also increasingly raising questions about who has the right to tell other people’s stories; and now, as part of the Take Me Somewhere festival, the Tramway hosts a spectacularly brilliant new young people’s show by Glasgow company 21 Common, co-directed by Lucy Gaizely and Gary Gardiner, and inspired by their furious reaction to a health and safety sign in the Tramway itself, asking patrons to “kindly supervise their children at all times”.

In The Interests Of Health And Safety Can Patrons Kindly Supervise Their Children At All Times (*****) is an unforgettable one-hour explosion of theatre, in which a team of ten children aged 9-12 – dressed at first in striking red boiler-suits, and by the end in simple black leotards – use every ounce of their own unstoppable energy, wit and presence to stage what is almost an Extinction Rebellion-type protest against an over-controlling society. Supervised by three fraught male parent-figures, they mime furiously to loud and naughty French torch-songs, perform dangerous-looking leaps involving a high platform and a pile of mattresses, mimic adult smoking, drinking and flirting behaviour with uncanny accuracy, and generally have the best time imaginable; while also delivering a beautifully disciplined and good-looking show, perhaps just brilliant and unsettling enough to begin to change a nervy and – for children – oppressively cautious world.


What do you hope that the audience will experience?

‘Necessary discomfort coupled with sheer exhilaration! This is a show for adults and some of them might find it challenging, there is very loud music and a high level of uncontrolled exuberance.

In the 80’s it was normal for kids to be out all day long with absolutely no supervision. We skint our knees, got up to nonsense, secretly glugged our Dad’s beer and climbed just about anything we could find! Sometimes things went our way, sometimes we failed. The modern idea of ‘snowplough’ parenting, where adults remove all obstacles from their child’s path to ensure constant success was not something we experienced as youngsters. Indeed, the parental phrase of ‘Get out of my sight’ was commonplace. We hope this work will make the audience think about that and see with clarity how we as adults are potentially damaging kids’ future responses to reality.’


REHEARSAL PICTURES (photos by Niall Walker)