Supporters? Sport? It may as well be bare knuckle boxing or dug fighting! A modern parable set against the backdrop of the first Old Firm clash of the season. Funny, tough 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 actually mean to young Glaswegians, and how it affects them and their peers. The Old Firm is the collective name for the Glasgow association football clubs Celtic and Rangers. Scarfed for Life is a hard-hitting play based on the experiences of discrimination and prejudice among the young people of Glasgow.
Martin Travers has been on the Playwrights Studio (Scotland)'s mentoring scheme and has been on writing attachment with the National Theatre of Scotland. In 2010 he worked with prisoners to create the script for the large-scale Platform 2:10 project that culminated in four live performances in the chapel at HMP Barlinnie. Platform 2010 was part of Creative Scotland's groundbreaking Inspiring Change initiative. The script for Platform 2:10 won a gold Koestler Trust Award in 2012. In 2011, in partnership with Sense over Sectarianism, Scarfed for Life toured secondary schools with a cast of professional actors and members of the Citizens Theatre's Young Company. A new version of the play toured Scotland prisons in 2013. In 2012 Martin Travers's play Roman Bridge was the centrepiece of the National Theatre of Scotland's Reveal season.