Scenes for Survival | First Things


24 Jun 2020

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Lockdown has been a lonely business, but luckily Becky from Radio Skotia is on the air to keep us company every step of the way. She’s always there to raise our spirits with a shout-out or share the perfect tune to cheer us up. But perhaps it’s time someone asked her how she’s doing? Elaine C. Smith stars as an upbeat radio DJ with a big heart in this new short from writer Val McDermid, directed by Maggie Kinloch.

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

"Stories are what bring us together and hold us together. There will be an ‘afterwards’ and our stories will prepare us for that."

Val McDermid, Writer

"In a time when the world is struggling in so many ways, survival is a challenge worth facing. Survival of humanity, of the Arts as a whole and theatre in particular, and of older people too. As a mature artist, at a time when older people appear to have been so under-valued by politicians, it is so reinforcing to be valued by our splendid National Theatre here in Scotland. And to have the chance to work again with my old friend Elaine is wonderful, and with Val whose work I have always admired so much too, is just so inspiring. So, directing this particular Scene for Survival, is in fact a very special challenge in so many ways and one I am proud to accept"

Maggie Kinloch, 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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