Stage Fright

A man struggles to pee on a boozy night out, then a stranger offers him a hand.

Director’s Statement

Men’s bathrooms (especially in bars and clubs) are strange, claustrophobic spaces, full of a weird kind of machismo. Many a time I’ve felt like an absolute lemon wedged in between two rowdy geezers, unable to pee and desperate for them not to notice… When I looked it up online, I found there’s a name for this phenomenon: Shy Bladder Syndrome, or informally, “Choking at the Bowl”. Turns out there are whole forums dedicated to it! I talked to some friends and one of them told me about a time someone clocked him choking and offered some friendly advice… It seemed like the perfect idea for a contained little black comedy, with a chance for an oddly therapeutic climax at the end…