When a loyal employee is betrayed by the company she’s given twenty years of her life to, it’s the latest in a lifetime of injustices. Struggling to contain her anger, long-suppressed impulses boil to the surface as she plots a suitable revenge. Tracy Wiles features in an incendiary new short piece written by Apphia Campbell and directed by Natalie Ibu.
Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, with support from Hopscotch Films.
“There’s something about the audience in a room all having the same experience at the same time that makes the theatre feel so special to me. It’s been wonderful to be reminded of that whilst watching theatre at home and having different stories transport us to another place. I've been feeling nourished but it’s also created a longing to get back, so whilst I have enjoyed theatre online. I look forward to sitting in my seat, holding my playbill, and waiting for the house lights to go dark.
During my senior year of college, I took a job at a major retail store in Miami. I remember sitting in the morning employee meeting as they were handing out awards to individuals, who had been with the company for several years. I was surprised by how many people had chosen a career in retail and spent 10, 15, 20 years there. After working a few months at the store, I realized what a great community existed within those walls, and how appreciated we felt by the company and management, which contributed to the overall morale and dedication. So, when I heard the story of the BHS employees losing portions of their pensions and their jobs, I empathized with the frustrations of the workers, and that's how Birdie was born.”