Sure Shots is an initiative by SweetScar to bring audiences the best of new theatre writing, in bite-sized form and for free. Sure Shots presents bursts of high-quality theatre that aim for lasting impact.
SweetScar has created eight Sure Shots, all of which have been UK stage premieres. They have explored self-help, self-harm, sexual abuse, environmental issues, polar exploration, inter-species relationships, the dilemmas involved in ordering food, and the disastrous consequences of accepting a muffin.
A bird picks up a cat in a pub. They have a one-night stand.
Whenever actors depict animals onstage, there’s always that question of how far the interpretation should go. In this case, naming the characters “”cat” and “magpie” did most of the work for us; so while costume and physicality drew somewhat on feline and avian elements, the performers predominantly retained their human qualities. David Mackay’s Magpie bobbed about the room, drawn ever closer towards the irresistible Cat of Alison Peebles, who stretched out across the sofa.
The way in which this lonely bird’s desire fused pain with pleasure felt all-too-human. And when the mournful Magpie listened to Townes van Zandt sing “To Live Is To Fly”, this mini-masterpiece of a script soared straight for the heart.