Scenes for Survival | Aleister Crowley Summons the Devil


10 Jul 2020

News Story

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