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

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