Scenes for Survival | Fatbaws


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