The Narcissistic Fish

A Scottish Opera Short

A phone call during a busy shift in the restaurant kitchen of The Narcissistic Fish sparks a war between the owner Angus and his brother Kai. As they argue over their dead father, talented and underpaid chef Belle has a revelation of her own.

Join Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists (Charlie Drummond, Mark Nathan and Arthur Bruce) for a visceral exploration of the clash between class, gender and workplace pressure in 21st century Scotland, in this brand new digital opera with music by Samuel Bordoli, libretto by acclaimed Scottish writer Jenni Fagan and directed by in-house film-maker Antonia Bain.

Kindly supported by Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Benefactors, Scottish Opera's New Commissions Circle and Idlewild Trust 

Audio Description

This version of the film has an Audio Description narration, and is preceded by a brief spoken introduction to give some background information and an overview of the main visuals. If you want to skip this, you can go straight to the start of the film at 02:37


Cast & Creatives

Arthur Bruce*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Charlie Drummond*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Mark Nathan*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Antonia Bain

Samuel Bordoli

Jenni Fagan


Get behind the scenes of The Narcissistic Fish - featuring exclusive articles and interviews with the creators.


What the press said

'Many lockdown online offerings have been beautiful and moving as they have been sombre and reflective. We can't get near the excitement of live performance through the barrier of our screens but The Narcissistic Fish is a welcome antidote, a 12-minute dark tale bursting out, gleaming as brightly as the scales of the fish on the kitchen slab. ' Bachtrack

'The soundscape works really well, and Antonia Bain’s direction is impeccably neat. The young singers are excellent, too... It is impressive for a first stab and is a pertinent piece
for our times.' The Times


Enjoy what you've seen? Please help us create the next Scottish Opera Short by donating online today.