Scenes for Survival | Aleister Crowley Summons the Devil


10 Jul 2020

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Sick of being scorned, young Aleister Crowley wants the world to know his name, even if he must summon the forces of Hell to do so. From his remote Highland mansion he begins to cast a mighty spell… Unfortunately, black magic takes a while, and things aren’t going as well as he’d hoped: he’s bored, lonely, and nothing really seems to be happening. Maybe it’s all just a big waste of time? Gordon Houston features in a wickedly funny new short from writer Denise Mina, directed by Amy Liptrott.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, with support from Hopscotch Films.

"Art is how we make sense of the world and of change and of trauma. It's essential to find ways to keep striving, to keep our vibrant and fragile community of audiences and creatives together, feeling our way through the dark times as well as the bright."

Denise Mina, Writer

"In terms of a quote, here is one! "I'm delighted to be bringing Aleister Crowley to life once again in Scenes for Survival (I'm sure he would enjoy that he is still living on beyond his years). I think this is a brilliant campaign by The NTS, to bring together creatives all over Scotland to positively impact Theatre and the lives of creative people during this tough time. I hope audiences enjoy what we have created and take comfort in knowing that Theatre is here to stay, no matter the circumstances."

Gordon Houston, Performer

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 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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