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10 Jul 2020

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During lockdown, a kind-hearted postie achieves local celebrity status and a new nickname, entertaining locals on her round with a selection of colourful costumes. But her newfound fame is a double-edged sword and she must wrestle with her conscience to decide if the community’s smiles and selfies outweigh the sneers and sniping of snidey colleagues. Natalie Moore Williams stars in this cheering new short from writer Ian Low, directed by Fiona MacKinnon.

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

"We need theatre in these times to give us a degree of emotional control. We have a human longing for reassurance. Theatre is one way where we can have our pandemic experience filtered and distilled into a look or a gesture or in a line of dialogue in order to make sense of it all. Theatre allows the brain and the heart to expand and contract in a safe environment."

Ian Low, Writer

"I have many questions and conflicting feels around the significance of theatre during this time and I think it is healthy to question that. However, a lot more is achieved from doing than solely questioning and so I am deeply appreciative of NTS being proactive in their response (and generating jobs too!). I have found from working with a writer who is a new collaborator to 'meeting' a breadth of new actors through the casting process, it has reminded me that we can still collaborate, adapt and evolve during this tricky time."

Fiona MacKinnon, 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 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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