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Square Go

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

About the show

Direct from its Fringe First Award-winning run at the Edinburgh Festival comes this raucous and comic new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity, and the decision to step up or run. More…

Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first square go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. "Square Go" features an original soundtrack by members of Frightened Rabbit.

Member Reviews (61)


Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Clever
Avg Score

One-note, Great acting, A bit slight, Absorbing, Clever

See it if fan of Daniel Portman (GOT's Podrick), playground stories, adolescent struggles, friendship tales, audience participation, WWE tropes

Don't see it if no interest in adults playing 15-year olds, playground rivalries, contributing fan enthusiasm to show, teen vulnerabilities, loud yelling

Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like your theater short and sweet. Brilliantly acted, funny, poignant, and smart.

Don't see it if If you can’t deal with accents or don’t like the fourth wall broken.

Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Prepubescent boys getting into fights. GJ Wright really funny in distinguishing all of the bullies.

Don't see it if you want something more toned down, can’t bear a bit of contrivance, have no interest in revisiting childhood anxieties.

Heavy accents, Physical, Well performed, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if interested in show about schoolyard bullying; learned toxic masculine behavior; not fitting in; performances requiring great skill & stamina

Don't see it if have difficulty with heavy Scottish accents; don't like audience interaction; adults playing teenagers.

Also My rating would probably have been higher had I been able to understan... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy minimal set/props and maximum reliance on the ability of two performers to create the world they describe.

Don't see it if you want something quiet and relaxing. This is vocal, in your face, and the actors race around you repeatedly.

Also you’ll enjoy this if you like flying by the seat of your pants theater... Read more Read less


See it if How adults/society instills fragile/toxic masculinity onto boys and each other. Like kids, stories and details non-linearly piece together.

Don't see it if UK accents, F* bombs, masculinity issues, or audience engagement aren't your thing. I got pulled into arm wrestling Daniel Portman!

Also Diversity: 2 white UK men.... Read more Read less

Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy intimate close up theatre in round, small cast, no set, physical action comedic drama about youths’ straight friendship/dad bond

Don't see it if you dislike extensive audience participation, close up male physicality, discussions of violence and homosexuality, 65 min with no interval

Also Heavy Scottish brogue masks some of the gags and other dialogue, but a... Read more Read less

Slow, Fluffy, Excruciating, Funny, Clever

See it if You like shows where adults play teenagers unconvincingly.

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation.

Quirky, Riveting, Resonant, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if A finely tuned two-hander that handily explores complex issues

Don't see it if Thick accents put you off

Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Confusing, Immersive

See it if You like wrestling 🤼‍♀️ or “The Game of Thrones”. It’s immersive, so be prepared to be picked on. Small theatre 🎭. 2 actors. 1 hour of fun

Don't see it if The only real issue, for me, was the Scottish/British/Welch/Irish accent (I’m not sure 🤔 which it was), but, I had to squint my eyes & ears

Ambitious, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Podrick. The actors do a great job, but the story does not really resonate with the audience. Was good to be up close.

Don't see it if looking for a serious show. It jumps from time to time to different time frames and can be confusing as well as understanding the accents.

Also Was expecting a bit more from the show.

Capital theater, Fast track through scottish schoolyard

See it if you enjoy solid actors in small-scale theaters, lots of laughter and audience interaction. Fantastic script, staging, choreography.

Don't see it if you can't understand Scottish brogue or dislike scripts that take bulls by the horns and play with them.

Also This is an extraordinarily solid piece of theater that explores the hu... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Confusing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if enjoy pro wrestling, two person dialogues about coming of age and bullying. Like energetic but minimal productions.

Don't see it if you mind heavy accents and some regional verbage. Mind intermixing of fantasy with drama. Mind adult actors playing 13 year olds.

Also Be prepared for about a ten minute period where you are adapting to th... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Fluffy, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You like heavy Scottish accents mixed in with in your face actors who do their best in a confusing story.

Don't see it if You may not appreciate up close and personal plays with the actors engaging with the audience. You have trouble with Scottish accents.

Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if If you want to see an edgy production about coming of age/bullying in a very unconventional setting.

Don't see it if You have a problem with very heavy Scottish accents, ( minimal ) audience participation and adults playing teenagers.

Relevant, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are interested in a unique portrayal of schoolyard bulling. Despite a lot of silliness there are serious messages

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience to deal with heavy Scottish accents and a very small theater where audience participation is strongly encourage

Funny, Fringe-y, Charming

See it if You like small, sweet, two-hander plays. You’d like to see Daniel Portman from GoT - his costar Gavin Jon Wright is also excellent.

Don't see it if You won’t interact with the actors, you have difficulty with Scottish dialects, you don’t want to see grown adults portray schoolboys.

Also I thought “Square Go” was cute and surprisingly heartfelt, so I recomm... Read more Read less

Masterful, Must see, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You enjoy laughing and are not averse to bawdy humor. And you actually support theatre with an open heart and mind. Different and amazing.

Don't see it if You hate laughing, don't understand Scottish humor, or you're uptight and you'd rather, say, tattle for kicks. Those types shouldn't go.

Also I can't remember having a better time at the theatre. I laughed uproar... Read more Read less

Great writing, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you enjoy intimate performances with a tiny bit of audience interaction, or funny plays with important social messages.

Don't see it if you don't like to be too close to the action, have trouble understanding Scottish accents, prefer traditional plays.

During previews
Confusing, Insightful, Slow, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a young man’s coming of age story, told thru an unusual lens of Scottish(?)Irish(?) youth and wrestlers.

Don't see it if You can’t handle thick accents. Lots of slang. I’m not even sure what they were speaking...Scottish or Irish.

Also This had a good point but it took forever to get to it. Not sure if it... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a funny play that deals with growing up and boys masculinity.

Don't see it if If strong language or deep accents bother you. If audience participation bothers you

During previews
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a different take on young boys and bullying that is at times spot on, entertaining, funny and right in your face w/interaction.

Don't see it if you do not like to see bullying or have a hard time understanding Scottish accents. This is on the silly side with rough language.

During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if the root of male behavior puzzles you; a lot to be gleaned here. Imaginative & original, excellent direction & amusing audience involvement

Don't see it if fisticuffs are not to your taste. The setting is a boxing ring, the plot concerns an after school fight & there is fighting on stage.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever

See it if Two Scot teens square off for a tussle of learnt, imitated bad behaviours from grown-ups. Featuring "GoT" actor. Brits Off-B'way entry. (60)

Don't see it if Trapped underground in a subway car with two angry amped street performers with speakers and the doors are bolted fast.Inaccessible accents.

Also A "square go" is a weaponry-free laddie brawl.

During previews
Audience participation, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if About a fight (Square Go) that will happen after school with the bully.

Don't see it if Deep accents, strobes lighting, smoke.

June 14th, 2019
“’Square Go’ is an unassumingly brilliant look at the impossible expectations we place on boys, and the role model gap that is being filled by all sorts of negative forces...Hertog creates a universe of adolescent anxiety on a stage approximately 10'x10'...It's the little details that make Hertog...
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June 20th, 2019
"Nothing much happens...Even so, this catalogue of early adolescent woes effectively doubles as a perceptive study of youths struggling to learn how to become men. The script is loaded with details that are as precise as they are comic...'Square Go' is performed by a pair of thirtyish actors who ...
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June 14th, 2019
“Hurley and McNair's funny and perceptive play...If you've ever been the parent or the teacher of young teens, or if you can remember your own sojourn through that time of life, you will recognize that the writing and the performances and the directing perfectly capture in Max and Stevie the craz...
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June 16th, 2019
"Scottish playwrights Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair explore the murky pre-adult domain with candor and humor in Square Go, an appealing two-hander...featuring two fully adult actors, Daniel Portman and Gavin Jon Wright, portraying-respectively-Max and Stevie, a pair of 13-year-old besties who see...
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