Scenes for Survival | 68 Months in Waiting

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27 Aug 2020

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Driven from home by their community and abandoned on a lonely island, a young non-binary person races to set out their story while violence closes in around them. A powerful tale from writer Nelly Kelly, featuring Afton Moran and Jo Clifford and directed by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh.

Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Queen Jesus Productions with support from Hopscotch Films.

"My involvement in Scenes for Survival feels like a lifeline for me as a writer who is early on in their career. It’s a reminder that all is not lost for those of us starting out, that there are and hopefully will continue to be opportunities out there for us. Now more than ever we all need to come together to support our theatres, so that when this lockdown eases and we can come together again, we have a space to do so where we can laugh, cry and begin to heal from this experience in a space together. As theatres are forced to adapt to survive, my hope is that we can use this time to shake things up and find bigger and better ways of raising the creative voices of those historically offered less opportunity to make work for our stages, resulting in bigger and better opportunities to redefine who theatre is for by making it a place where we can all see ourselves and our lives accurately depicted, humanised and vitally celebrated onstage."

Nelly Kelly, Writer

"I'm humbled and thrilled to be directing on this collaborative adventure and even more so in times that call for radical empathy at a local and global scale."

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, Director


Scenes for Survival Hardship Fund

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 was launched in August 2020. Applications to the fund closed on Friday 4th September. The McGlashan Charitable Trust are dispersing the money raised and will communicate funding decisions no later than Friday 9th October.

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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