Thank U, Next

Touring to Glasgow, Cumbernauld, Grangemouth and Lochgelly

15 Feb 2024 - 28 Mar 2025 | Scottish Tour


A costume drama, with cosplay instead of corsets…

Young people are flexing just now when it comes to their identities. It’s hard to survive in a world where most must assimilate and conform; going to school, observing mundane and meaningless tasks, banking all that they need for a glittering future.

But some young people are escaping. Some are regularly changing, transforming themselves into villains, heroes, and protagonists, living more than the life you think you see.

21Common are working with teenagers across Scotland to create a new piece of theatre exploring the cultures of cosplay, shapeshifting, memification and virtual realities. To better understand the world of identity and the liberty to transform who you might be into something amazing.

Thank U, Next asks what is it like growing up in a world where you can quite literally be anything you want to be? And what happens when you must face your true self in the mirror?

Created by 21Common
Directed by Lucy Gaizely and Gary Gardiner

A National Theatre of Scotland production in association with Bellahouston Academy, Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld Academy, Falkirk Council, Grangemouth High School, OnFife and Lochgelly High School.

Corporate Sponsor: Savendie

Supported by William Grant Foundation, Binks Trust and The McGlashan Trust

Bellahouston Academy Performances are work in progress events.



In addition to the individuals listed above, there are many others who play a vital role in getting the work on stage. We list the full production teams in the programme or freesheet that we produce to accompany the show.