Scenes for Survival Launch Collection


27 May 2020

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We are delighted that the first six films from Scenes for Survival will be available to watch from tonight at 9pm

Scenes for Survival is a new season of 40 + digital artworks created in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. It will see a host of leading Scottish performers, writers, and directors working to create short pieces of digital theatre remotely from their personal spaces of isolation.

The season of works also act as a platform to raise money for the new Scenes For Survival Hardship Fund: a fund for artists and theatre workers who have been hardest hit financially by the current crisis. Click here to donate.


Scenes for Survival is created in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films.

More information on each film


A new short piece from novelist Jenni Fagan, performed by Kate Dickie, and directed by Debbie Hannan.

Trapped in self-imposed solitude in her bedroom and cut-off from those she loves the most, a lonely woman struggles to come through the hellish, isolating odyssey of her illness. Isolation reunites Jenni Fagan with Debbie Hannan, who directed the 2019 stage adaptation of her stunning debut novel The Panopticon.

Produced in association with Summerhall.

A Mug's Game

An extract from the play Fibres by Frances Poet, performed by original star Jonathan Watson and directed by Louise Shephard.

Centred on the generations of men knowingly exposed to deadly asbestos over years working in the Glasgow shipyards, and the tragic impact left on them and their loved ones, Fibres is a bittersweet comedy infused with Glaswegian resilience and wit. First produced in October 2019 in a co-production between the Citizens Theatre and Stellar Quines, the play toured Scotland to critical and audience acclaim.

Produced in association with the Citizens Theatre and Stellar Quines.


A new short piece from writer Morna Pearson, performed by Ashleigh More and directed by Cameron Mowat.

When the lockdown comes into force a teenage girl in Northeast Scotland finds herself torn between which of her separated parents she wants to isolate with. She seeks solace in the nearby woods, a place where she can escape from the worries of her day-to-day life.

Produced in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts.


Written and performed by Janey Godley, directed by Caitlin Skinner.

Trapped at home with no company save for an adorable dog and a stubborn husband who just won’t be told what to do, a middle-aged woman offers a sobering and darkly funny glimpse into her lockdown experience.

The Present

Written by Stef Smith, starring Moyo Akandé and directed by Katherine Nesbitt.

During her solitude, a young woman offers a tender poetic lament to an absent loved one, and takes comfort in imagining a time when they can finally be together again.

Produced in association with the Traverse Theatre.

John Rebus: The Lockdown Blues

An exclusive new Rebus short from Ian Rankin, starring Brian Cox as the irascible detective inspector and directed by Cora Bissett.

Weeks into lockdown and imprisoned at home, his only distant link to the outside world coming through infrequent visits from his long-standing colleague Siobhan, an ageing Inspector Rebus reflects on his bizarre solitary confinement.