Scenes for Survival | Out of the Woods | Episode One


30 Jul 2020

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In the late afternoon light, a father sends video messages as he struggles to find his way through the woods on the way to pick up his daughter. But remember, she’s not to tell her other dad he’s coming.... it’s to be their little secret. Equal parts hilarious and sinister, Alan Cumming stars in the first of a bewitching new three-part short from writer Johnny McKnight, directed by Andrew Panton.

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

"I think at this time we find ourselves responding in so many different ways - bingeing box sets, absorbed in those books we never got round to reading, following every detail of the next development of this crisis, listening to our podcasts, going on that walk and really seeing the surroundings, putting on our favourite albums - and we do it to try and find some sort of familiarity or comfort in our stories. We go to stories in times of crisis. This is an opportunity to tell stories that either reflect, distract or shine a light on these unprecedented times. Keep safe."

Johnny McKnight, Writer

"I couldn’t resist the opportunity to collaborate with Alan and Andrew. As I like to call it ‘Covid-brain’ was really helpful in writing this piece. It was started towards the start of lockdown and I found myself grappling with different methods of communication - Zoom, marco polo, Teams - and that in itself became an inspiration. A new form of communication means a new way to present and write. I was interested in an audience having to fill in the ‘blanks’ - the sides we don’t get to see now we’re relying only on what we’re being told rather than experience; what faces do we put on for our families and friends during this time; and what might that loneliness drive us to. I also had Barbra Streisand’s version of ‘Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf’ playing in my head and that, ultimately, spilled out onto the page…."

Johnny McKnight, Writer

"We’ve always used storytelling to help understand our environment. At a time when nothing seems to make sense and every day we are grappling with new ideas, it’s vital that we use art and creativity to help us navigate the new. Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are very proud to be collaborating on this project enabling storytellers from all over Scotland and beyond to unite in these strange times."

Andrew Panton, 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 was launched in August 2020. Applications to the fund closed on Friday 4th September. The McGlashan Charitable Trust are dispersing the money raised and will communicate funding decisions no later than Friday 9th October.

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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