To celebrate the tenth anniversary of elite ballet group, the Shearer Company, a documentary crew follow three hopeful auditionees as they fight for a coveted place. Nadine, Geoffrey and Anita all face their own barriers to success that brings them into conflict with each other as well as beginning to recognise the classism, racism and homophobia they need to overcome. A fight over dance style, missing shoes and a ripped leotard are all part of a day in the life of a ballet dancer.
Starring Harriet Thorpe (Doctors, Absolutely Fabulous), Natali McCleary (Guilt, Shetland), Eilidh Loan (Clique, Doctors) and John Lumsden (Kingsman, Doctors). Pancake is a Black Camel Production, written by Adura Onashile (Expensive Shit), produced by Naomi Walmsley and directed by Siri Rødnes (Take Your Partners).
The drama shorts were commissioned by BBC Scotland’s Gavin Smith, commissioning executive comedy, drama & entertainment and Louise Thornton, commissioning executive for digital and youth.
Commenting on the commissions, Louise said: “These digital shorts highlight BBC Scotland’s drive to do drama in new ways, working with new talent and attracting a younger audiences.”
Mark Thomas from Screen Scotland said: “These new commissions provide real opportunities for Scottish production companies to work with Scottish talent and crew to create dramas with returnable series potential. This is just one of the ways Screen Scotland is working with BBC Scotland through our new partnership to strengthen the range of content being commissioned in Scotland and to increase the representation of Scottish stories on the network.