Scenes for Survival | Fatbaws

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3 Jun 2020

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Peter Mullan stars in a surreal and hilarious new short from writer Douglas Maxwell.

After switching the food in his back-garden bird feeder, an idyllic lockdown experience is threatened after the birds make it clear they’re none too happy with the change. A showdown ensues, and as the fight escalates beyond his control the lines between man and beast begin to blur.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, with support from Hopscotch Films.

Warning: contains strong language

"Watching Peter in Fatbaws you can feel that sense of theatrical liveness. You’re held...on edge...asking what the hell is happening here?!....even though the answer to that is on the tip of your tongue. He’s compelling and we’re compelled. Normally that feeling happens when we’re sitting shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of strangers and there’s an implicit communal understanding that we are all alive together...right here, right now. And we feel things. And we think things. And we are complex and present together...right now. It’s “We”. Not “Me”. It’s “Us”. Not “Them”. These little plays are reminders of that, I think."

Douglas Maxwell



Scenes for Survival Hardship Fund

The Scenes for Survival Hardship Fund is a fundraising campaign launched by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the McGlashan Charitable Trust and leading Scottish Theatre organisations, to raise money for those in the sector who have been hardest hit financially and are experiencing drastic economic and emotional hardship.

All donations to this fund will go directly to provide support for those most impacted within Scotland, be they actors, writers, creatives, musicians, technicians or any others within our industry.

A sector-wide call out with information and details of how to apply for support from the SFS Hardship Fund will be launched in August 2020. The Federation of Scottish Theatre and the McGlashan Charitable Trust will ensure equitable distribution of the money raised.

We would be grateful if you would consider making a small donation to the Scenes for Survival Hardship Fund. Thank you for your support.

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