A Silent War - Rationed

A Silent War - Rationed

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Location

Belfast, University of Atypical

Year

2021

Date

Length

02min 55sec

Audio

silent

Format

Digital

colour

Source

Courtesy

Hands That Sign, Jane O'Brien, Ross Thompson

Rights Holder

Northern Ireland Screen, Ross Thompson

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

 Rationed by Ross Thompson, written during 2020 Lockdown.

And before we knew,
      we were waiting in queues 
            for entry into stores of depleting 

groceries: home baking aisles picked
      entirely clean, shelves of tinned goods already 
            resource stripped by a plague of frenzied 

locusts with an all-you-can-eat philosophy
      and no intent to save the wheat or make do 
            and mend. Who could comprehend the urge 

to fill the barn at the expense of those
      in need; to pillage the whole village, to scoop 
            it all and deprive the pained of paracetamol? 

But we all did it. We each succumbed
      to the deep-seated fear of running the gauntlet 
            at the supermarket, two trolleys apart, circling one way 

on the hunt for vitamin C and anti-bac spray, 
      all the while venting first world problems: the lack 
            of lasagne sheets and Panko breadcrumbs, panic 

buying penne and basmati riceā€¦ what became of us? 
      How did we grow so out of touch? Glutting on foodstuffs, 
            all the while fretting, it will never be enough, 
                                                                        it will never be enough.

Credits

Rationed by Ross Thompson

ISL translation and performance by Jane O'Brien

Filmed in University of Atypical by Stuart Calvin

Produced by Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell for Northern Ireland Screen

A Silent War Creative Producers: Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell & Ann Donnelly

Funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen

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