Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Splat The Tattie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SPLAT THE TATTIE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Bankhead Book 2

1- 4 1s dance RSh round each other moving down to Man facing down to 3s and Lady facing up to 2s and set as crown triangles
5-16 1s (facing 4th corners) Dance to Each Corner and Set:-
' 5- 6 1s change places with 4th corners passing RSh and 4th corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right in centre to face 1st corners (as 1st corners set)
' 7- 8 Original 4th corners change places with 1st corners passing RSh and 1st corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 1s in 2nd corner (pstn) as 1s set
' 9-10 Original 1st corners change places with 1s passing RSh and 1s pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 1st corner (pstn) as original 2nd corners set
' 11-16 Repeat this Fig once more until 1s ¼ turn to right to face 2nd corner (pstn) (3s and 2s now in 1st and 3rd places opposite sides)
17-24 1s change places with 2nd corners and 1s set while corners change place LH to face opposite corner, 1s turn corner persons RH 1½ times and face 3rd corner (pstn)
25-32 Repeat 17-24 with 3rd corners and 1s end in 2nd places own sides

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Dance Notes

'Dance to each Corner and Set' is also known as Courage Reels.

Dance Information

Splat The Tattie is a variation on the popular fair game Splat The Rat or Bat The Rat.

This is a game where one person drops a sandbag (which represents the rat) down a drain pipe and another person tries to whack it with a stick as it exits the pipe.

Splat The Tattie is played in the same way but using a potato, so the outcome of a successful whack is somewhat messier!



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