Archived Show


Produced by:
Francesca Moody Productions, in association with Seared Productions
June 06 - June 30, 2019
Run Time:
1 Hour, 5 Minutes
Showing in Theater
$25 (Members $20)

Show Info

By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair
Directed by Finn den Hertog
Original Music by members of Frightened Rabbit

With Daniel Portman and Gavin Jon Wright

Direct from its smash-hit, sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival comes the New York premiere of the Fringe First Award-winning SQUARE GO.

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.

An unmissable collaboration between award-winning writers Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, Brits Off Broadway 2017), with an original soundtrack by members of Frightened Rabbit. SQUARE GO is a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity, and the decision to step up or run.

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Photo Caption: Gavin Jon Wright in SQUARE GO.
Photo: Mihaela Budlovic
Photo Caption: Daniel Portman and Gavin Jon Wright in SQUARE GO.
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Daniel Portman and Gavin Jon Wright in SQUARE GO.
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Daniel Portman and Gavin Jon Wright in SQUARE GO.
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Daniel Portman and Gavin Jon Wright in SQUARE GO.
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Daniel Portman and Gavin Jon Wright in SQUARE GO.
Photo: Carol Rosegg
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Producing Company

Francesca Moody Productions

Francesca has produced theatre in London, on tour in the UK, and internationally. She is the original producer of the multi-award-winning and Olivier nominated FLEABAG and is also the former Producer of British New-Writing theatre company Paines Plough. Six of her productions have been awarded a Scotsman Fringe-First and Francesca Moody Productions was officially launched in 2018.

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Seared Productions

Founded in 2010 by actor Alex Waldmann and director Amelia Sears, SEARED is an independent theatre and film production company dedicated to the development and facilitation of work that is provocative, politically conscious, and, above all, entertaining. SEARED seeks to bring brand new, original writing to life and resurrect neglected classics; to work in partnership alongside established organisations whilst forging unexpected links with talent from across the arts.

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"Under Finn den Hertog’s animated direction, there is nary a dull moment in Square Go. The clever lighting by Peter Small and the choreography by Vicki Manderson make the small theater feel like an arena." - The New York Times

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.”
“The English may have invented the language, but the Scottish have transformed it into an art.”
“In just over an hour, Square Go wrestles with one of the most urgent problems of today, and leaves us all in a puddle of sweat thinking about the solutions.”- Theatermania

“viscerally compelling…Hurley and McNair’s play offers Portman and Wright a slambang opportunity for an acting slugfest, or more to the point, a theatrical square go.” - Theater’s Leiter Side
“very funny stuff” - TalkinBroadway

“hilariously interactive” - Diandra Reviews It All

“Scottish playwrights Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair explore the murky pre-adult domain with candor and humor in Square Go...Both actors are excellent.” -

“Kieran Hurley (Mouthpiece) and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide…) have written a play that is so utterly astounding and fun...It pulsates with inventiveness and delivers an intimate connection worthy of the space and your time...Square Go triumphantly locates a young man’s adolescent fear and fires it up with geek humor, wise ass structuring, and the weight of a solid young man’s friendship, that creates an energy and dilemma that feels so real and perfectly authentic.”
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“Portman and Wright’s physicality and passion are stunning” - TheaterPizzazz

“fast moving and highly entertaining...wonderfully layered performances.” - The Unforgettable Line

★★★★★ “Hilarious and human... brilliant, brilliant fun.” — The Stage

★★★★★ “Unapologetically sweaty, sweary, and Scottish, a great big middle finger to ‘proper theatre’” — Broadway Baby

★★★★“It’s irresistible” —The Guardian

★★★★ "A riotous night" —The Skinny

★★★★ SQUARE GO is a play which pulls no punches and has heart pouring out of its gym bag”—The List

★★★★★ "Accessible, highly entertaining and with a resonance far wider than its immediate setting" —The National

★★★★★ "Has the feel of a new Scottish classic"— Broadway World

★★★★★ “…a hugely enjoyable production, one that will stay with you for a long time!” — British Theatre Guide 

“Whipping the audience into a frenzy of bullying and chants, SQUARE GO is as funny as it is bleak-ly true.” — Scotland on Sunday