Scenes for Survival

Scenes for Survival is a new season of 50 + digital artworks created in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak.


Creativity continues… from home, for now.

Scenes for Survival is a new season of digital short artworks, created in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films.

Each artwork has been exceptionally created by a quarantine creative team, connecting remotely, made up of a performer(s), writer and director and filmed by the performers, from their personal spaces of isolation. Over 100 leading artists and creatives have collaborated to create and release more than forty unique films over the coming weeks and months.

All Scenes for Survival content is free to audiences and will be available on this page.

The season of works also act as a platform to raise money for the new Scenes For Survival Hardship Fund: a fund for artists and theatre workers who have been hardest hit financially by the current crisis. Click here to donate.


The Scenes for Survival Hardship Fund is a fundraising campaign launched by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the McGlashan Charitable Trust and leading Scottish Theatre organisations, to raise money for those in the sector who have been hardest hit financially and are experiencing drastic economic and emotional hardship.

All donations to this fund will go directly to provide support for those most impacted within Scotland, be they actors, writers, creatives, musicians, technicians or any others within our industry.

A sector-wide call out with information and details of how to apply for support from the SFS Hardship Fund will be launched in August 2020. The Federation of Scottish Theatre and the McGlashan Charitable Trust will ensure equitable distribution of the money raised.

We would be grateful if you would consider making a small donation to the Scenes for Survival Hardship Fund. Thank you for your support.

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There are 50 + digital artworks in total , with three new films released every week form the end of May

Artists involved to date include:

Performers: Moyo Akandé, Saskia Ashdown, Maureen Beattie, Oliver Bennett, Cora Bissett, Mark Bonnar, Tam Dean Burn, Neshla Caplan, Morven Christie, Amy Conachan, Richard Conlon, Nicole Cooper, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Kate Dickie, Martin Donaghy, Blythe Duff, Liz Ewing, Jasmin Ewing-Asname, Gilly Gilchrist, Julie Graham, Douglas Henshall, Dani Heron, Gordon Houston, Kathryn Howden, Barrie Hunter, Emma King, Sanjeev Kholi, Jack Lowden, Thierry Mabonga, Patrick Martins, James McArdle, Martin McCormick, Kristi McDonald, Lorraine Mcintosh, Ashleigh More, Julie Wilson Nimmo, Richard Rankin, Jatinder Singh Randhawa, Ann Louise Ross, Elaine C Smith, Molly Vevers, Tracy Wiles, Daibhidh Walker, Gail Watson, Jonathan Watson and Natalie Moore Williams.

Writers: Finn Anderson, Peter Arnott, Apphia Campbell, Rob Drummond, Philippe Ducros, Andy Edwards, Oliver Emanuel, Stewart Ennis, Jenni Fagan, Janice Galloway, Kevin Gilday, Catherine Grosvenor, Nelly Kelly, Aine King, Hannah Lavery, Ian Low, Iain Finlay Macleod, Iain Macrae, Douglas Maxwell, Nicola McCartney, Liam McCormick, Val McDermid, Andy McGregor, Kathy McKean, Alan McKendrick, Johnny McKnight, Denise Mina, Rona Munro, Noisemaker (Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie), Michael John O’Neill, Morna Pearson, Frances Poet, Lynda Radley, Uma Nada-Rajah, Ian Rankin, Corinne Salisbury, Stef Smith, Tena Štivičić, May Sumbwanyambe, Luke Sutherland, Meghan Tyler, Bea Webster and Irvine Welsh

Writer-performers: Liz Lochhead, Janey Godley and Greg McHugh.

Director/performers: Peter Mullan

Directors: Davey Anderson, Andy Arnold (Artistic Director of the Tron Theatre), Justin Audibert, ​Laura Cameron-Lewis, Cora Bissett, Jordan Blackwood, Nick Bone, Liz Carruthers, Christine Devaney and Tam Dean Burn, Graham Eatough, Julie Ellen (Artistic Director of Macrobert Arts Centre), Morag Fullarton, Leonie Rae Gasson, Nic Green, Debbie Hannan, Ben Harrison, Finn den Hertog, Dominic Hill (Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre), Shilpa T-Hyland, Natalie Ibu, Emily Ingram, Muireann Kelly (Artistic Director of Theatre Gu Leòr), Maggie Kinloch, Jemima Levick (Artistic Director of Stellar Quines Theatre Company), Amy Liptrott (Associate Director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Sarah McCardie, Fiona McKinnon, Morag McKinnon, Peter McMaster, Beth Morton, Cameron Mowat, ​Katherine Nesbitt, Eve Nicol, Jack Nurse, Andrew Panton (Artistic Director of Dundee Rep Theatre), Sally Reid, Stasi Schaeffer, Louise Shephard, Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, Caitlin Skinner and Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh.

Writer/directors: Zinnie Harris, Greg Hemphill, Robert Softley-Gale (Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise), ​David Greig, Anthony Neilson, and Gerda Stevenson.

Additional creatives: Lewis den Hertog, Dougal Gudim, Simon Lidell, Rob MacNeacail, Kim Moore, Pippa Murphy, Shereen Nanjiani, Elizabeth Newman (Artistic Director of Pitlochry Theatre), Matt Padden, Nick Powell and Luke Sutherland

Scenes for Survival is being developed and delivered by the National Theatre of Scotland working in association with an unprecedented number of partner organisations, including Aberdeen Performing Arts, Birds of Paradise, the Beacon Arts Centre, the Byre Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre, Eden Court Highlands, Imaginate, Macrobert Arts Centre, Perth Theatre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Summerhall, Stellar Quines, Theatre Gu Leor, the Tron Theatre and the Traverse Theatre.


We are fully committed to ensuring that all individuals have access to our Scenes of Survival programme of work.

Subtitled Videos

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Audio Described Videos

All Scenes for Survival videos will have an audio described version. Please note that the audio description videos are available 7 to 10 days after the original video is published.

You can watch the audio described videos via our website or on our youtube channel.

BSL Scenes of Survival Videos