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20 Aug 2020

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In-between hosting international guests, an isolated B&B landlord finds his routine disrupted by a mysterious ghostly presence. As the haunting grows more violent and he struggles to maintain his sanity, he begins to question whether what he’s seeing is real after all. Gerry Mulgrew stars in a chilling supernatural tale from writer Lynda Radley, directed by Andy Arnold.

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

"I found I didn't want to write about the situation we are in. What I have personally sought out during lockdown are stories that transport me somewhere else: a good yarn, a glimpse into another person's mind, the weird and the wonderful. So that's what I have tried to do in this piece. The character - an isolated holiday host who can't cope with an uninvited guest - has been in my head for a while. I hope that the short time you spend with him is entertaining, and unsettling. It's always a pleasure to connect with an audience, and these short pieces are welcome stepping stones that can help both the artist and the audience cross through this strange time."

Lynda Radley, Writer

"I’m delighted to be taking part in Scenes for Survival, and to be in such great company. As always it is a pleasure to be able to tell a story and connect with an audience. For a freelance artist this kind of support provides the stepping stones to navigate through this uncertain time."

Lynda Radley, Writer

"Without Scotland’s freelance artists and theatre makers the rest of Scottish theatre and it’s buildings couldn’t exist. It is vital we find ways of giving hope and whatever cash we can to these amazing people."

Andy Arnold, 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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