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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





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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