Scenes for Survival Launch Collection

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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.

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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

Isolation

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.

Clearing

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.

Alone

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.


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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