The Audience. The Host. The Guest. The Band. The Ants.

On the set of a live TV chat show, the host interviews the guest, the film rolls, and the band plays. People and power and pop music. We’re here to get to the heart of the matter but everything keeps on changing.  Including time, space, and the audience.

Them! is a visionary new performance event from Stewart Laing and Pamela Carter exploring identity in a changing world.  Can we ever really change who we are?  Or, if change is inevitable, then what are we so scared of?

With live music from Glasgow Indie-Pop Queen Carla J. Easton, a film starring Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines), Moulin Rouge actor Kiruna Stamell, Beats actor Ross Mann, and 150 000 live leafcutter ants, Them! will take you on a journey of changing identities and spaces, using Tramway to full effect.

Content Warning: Contains very loud music, strobe lighting and haze

Running Time:

120 minutes

Accessible performances available:

  • BSL British Sign Language Performance

  • Captioned

  • Audio Described

  • Touch Tour

  • Autism Friendly

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Them! Media Features

Want to explore more of the themes behind the making of the show? Read this selection of features for exclusive interviews and analysis of Them! 

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“There are more effective ways of being me”: THEM! and the staging of (un)reality by Harry Wilson

Our Digital Thinker In Residence, Harry Wilson, explores concepts of reality and performance in THEM!

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Announcing our biggest cast ever

Following an extensive casting process, we’re delighted to announce that 150,000 leaf cutter ants have been chosen to perform in our upcoming production Them!

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The National Theatre of Scotland reserves the right to alter casts, performances, seating or ticket arrangements.