Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 29 Sep-Sat 14 Oct
Recent enquiries seem to have proved that the government’s paroxysms of self-righteousness over the effectiveness of their ASBO system were more than a little bit hasty. Yes, now we’ve got more potential criminals, since every other youth to be served with one is now in prison learning to be a crook. And it’s down to the spazbos who created the system.
It’s timely, then, that David Greig, a writer whose voice is always welcome on Scottish stages, is back with this commentary on juvenile delinquency for Glasgow’s TAG. In it, we meet a pair of young people who finish up becoming a kind of Bonnie and Clyde for central Scotland. Greig’s text, which examines forms of popular culture such as the current celebrity fetishism among the young, looks like examining the causalities that go to the creation of violence in our youth. This is certainly a contemporary piece and, given the government’s current plan to remove children from impoverished families, rather than attempting to improve the material conditions of their parents, it could go right to the heart of recent debate on this matter. This piece certainly more than fulfils TAG’s remit to provide theatre with particular relevance to the young, though one hopes it might also foster some debate among their elders.