Suffering from Scottishness

Theatre (spoken word, immersive)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Downstairs
  • 17:10
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Kevin P Gilday
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 16 and above (16+)(Audience Participation, Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Citizen Scotland cordially invites you to take part in a focus group that will define the very future of the nation – for better or worse. An immersive theatrical experience that confronts the unique absurdity of Scottish identity. Award-winning writer and spoken word artist Kevin P Gilday (Sonnet Youth, National Theatre of Scotland, BBC) turns a hilariously caustic eye on notions of nationhood and patriotism. From history to inventions, language to neighbourly relations, the independence referendum to the toxic mire of present political debate – we gleefully dissect the still-beating dark heart of the country.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 15 steps en-route to this space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

T Dyson 87 days ago

Really, really enjoyed the show. Fantastic spoken word, engaging premise and it is moving, thought provoking and hilarious. Definitely a must see show!

C. Kelly 88 days ago

Absolutely amazing, thought provoking show; a must see.

Graeme King 92 days ago

Naw. Gilday raises some really important issues that we need to confront as a nation and he’s right to ask whether we put enough focus on changing things for the better as opposed to just changing things. However the “comedy” distracts from his message; and it’s just not funny. A very Scottish glorious failure.

Robin Crosbie 98 days ago

genuinely thought provoking, completely relatable... with just enough darkness to keep it real...

suffering from scottishness will educate you, surprise you, challenge you, and give you more than enough to chat over a few pints afterwards

nadia fraser 106 days ago

What a great show!!!!!
We really enjoyed this thought provoking, funny, sad and quirky show!
Would highly recommend to all
Our teenagers loved it too!
No Scottish Cringe here....proud of this level of talent in oor wee country

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A Younger Theatre (3/5 stars) 72 days ago

As a host, Gilday is entertaining. Highly eccentric, his character’s unreserved (and impressive) love of poetry has a habit of creeping into the narrative.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

As the audience enters the performance space downstairs at Assembly Roxy we are handed a large laminated card. One side is bright blue and features the word ‘AYE!’. The other side is bright red and has the word ‘NAW!’ on it. Kevin P Gilday enters the stage and lets us...

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 86 days ago

I really wanted to love this. At its heart lies a beautiful message, a vision of a Scotland at peace with itself, where we can look past our differences and work together to make life here better. But, while there is much to admire here (some powerful poetry and spoken...

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Almost a homage to his beloved Scotland, and most certainly a credit to the natural storytelling skills of Kevin P Gilday.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

“Do you suffer from Scottishness?” asks the eager young man in the crisp shirt-and-trouser uniform of the office worker, the red tartan in his tie the only hint of his calling. ...

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The List (3/5 stars) 95 days ago

Ironic take on national identity...

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FringeReview 100 days ago

This is a great idea and one that manages to tread a difficult path without ending up being hijacked by the obvious temptation to be all tartan indignity or trapped in a shortbread tin whilst celebrating Irn Bru as a dietary necessity. The script is very clever. Gilday treads that...

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