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4 Jun 2020

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An extract from the play Fibres by Frances Poet, performed by original star Jonathan Watson and directed by Louise Shephard.

Centred on the generations of men knowingly exposed to deadly asbestos over years working in the Glasgow shipyards, and the tragic impact left on them and their loved ones, Fibres is a bittersweet comedy infused with Glaswegian resilience and wit. First produced in October 2019 in a co-production between the Citizens Theatre and Stellar Quines, the play toured Scotland to critical and audience acclaim.

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

“When Fibres was performed in community venues last year, it did what theatre does best, bringing together audiences who weren’t aware of the awful legacy of asbestos in workplaces and those that were acutely aware of it, having lost loved ones to it or suffering its effects themselves. It feels particularly poignant that with theatres closed we are forced to come together as an online community to share the stories of people who are at high risk in this dangerous pandemic. I yearn for a time when we can once more share our stories in person, until then I hope those shielding at home can watch this Fibres extract and feel us holding them close in our hearts.”

Frances Poet





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