Scenes for Survival | Skeleton Wumman


1 Jun 2020

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A newly conceived extract from the play Skeleton Wumman, written and directed by Gerda Stevenson and performed by Amy Conachan.

In this eerie Scots-language fable (based on an Inuit tale), a disabled teenager, swept away by climate-change catastrophe, finds herself transformed into a skeleton on the sea floor.

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

"My play Skeleton Wumman, written for three performers, is a magic-realist work, based on an Inuit creation myth, which I’ve transposed to a futuristic Scotland. This future seems not so far off now that climate change is clearly a looming disaster for our planet if we don’t act urgently. So, to quote T.S. Eliot, what I’m asking in this play is: ‘Were we led all that way for birth or death?' Theatre is one of the most powerful ways of asking questions through connecting people gathered together in a single space, sharing one live moment - its beauty, like the human imagination, is ephemeral. But that’s not possible in these unprecedented times, when Covid-19 imposes isolation. Skeleton Wumman herself is a profoundly isolated character, so its strangely apt that through this excellent initiative from NTS, here is another way of sharing a small part of my play, and, as writer/director, I’m delighted to be reunited with the terrific Amy Conachan, the original Skeleton Wumman."

Gerda Stevenson

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.

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