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 Corners and Set (12 bars):
   Couple in middle change places with corners passing RSh, corners pass RSh in middle with a ¼ turn to right to face next corner while supporting corners set (2 bars). Repeat 5 more times to end with corners in diagonally opposite place and 1s meet again in the middle and ¼ turn RH to face 2nd corner position
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.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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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