Braw tales from Mull Theatre

Alison Peebles stars in Alan Bissett's The Shark Was Aware of Me on Wednesday, May 12.

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Mull Theatre has put together five short animated stories by some of Scotland’s most exciting writers and animators to provide cheer as summer approaches.

Produced by Mull Theatre’s Beth Morton, Braw Tales brings together 24 freelance artists all working remotely from their homes but connecting and collaborating on work.

An online curtain will be raised on Monday May 10 to reveal the story of Stella by Morna Young.

Fifteen-year-old Stella dreams of reaching the stars or, literally, of becoming an astronaut. But she’s a teenager from the north east of Scotland and, let’s face it, the stars aren’t always an option for some of us. Stella is a wee story about a girl with a big, seemingly impossible dream.

Stella is performed by MJ Deans, animated by Kate Charter with music and sound design by Gary Cameron.

On Tuesday May 11, it’s curtain up on A Pickpocket’s Tale by Uma Nada-Rajah.

Bemoaning the state of her trade at the hands of the pandemic, Isla makes a new reptiloid friend.

Performed by Sarah Miele, animation is by Cat Bruce with music and sound design by Pippa Murphy.

Wednesday May 12 brings The Shark Was Aware of Me by Alan Bissett.

Jemima lives alone and doesn’t mind it that way until some bad news leaves her feeling shaken and isolated. A chance encounter in the aquarium with a telepathic shark, however, makes her reassess her place in the grand scheme of things and inspires her to deliver a positive message to the world.

Performed by Alison Peebles, it is animated by Gavin Glover, with VFX by Fergus Dunnet, music by Rowan McIlvride and additional sound design by David Moré.

Next up, on Thursday May 13, is The Night You Were Born by Ellie Stewart.

Alyssa was a goatherd until Hannibal’s army passed through. Now she is hiding in a cherry orchard with an endearing companion. How did they become fugitives and where will they go next? Alyssa tells the story of the night that changed her life.

It is performed by Daniela Nardini, animated by John and James Kielty with music and sound design by John Kielty.

The final performance of the week takes place on Friday May 14 when Quelle Trapeze by Laurie Motherwell rounds off an entertaining week.

Fed up, Olly leaves his birthday party early. Each step carries him to the big top that has popped up in the local park. It’s a place where the worlds of reality and fantasy blur.

Quelle Trapeze is performed by Andrew Rothney, animated by Nisan Yetkin with music and sound design by Simon Liddell.

From Monday May 10 to Friday May 14, at 1pm each day, the company will release a new story on their Facebook page and through their Vimeo channel, after which they’ll be available on catch up. Each story will last between five and eight minutes.