Scenes for Survival | Babe Rainbow


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