Scenes for Survival | The Park

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16 Jul 2020

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When you live in the city every park is a haven, especially if you’ve got wee kids to keep busy. But when everything locks down, and suddenly everyone has to keep their distance, how do you explain that they can’t play like they used to anymore?

Martin McCormick features in a heart-warming short from writer Andy McGregor, directed by Ben Harrison, that celebrates the importance of appreciating the small things in life, even in the hardest moments.

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

"The last thing I did before lockdown was go to the theatre. It’s strange how something so normal, something that I always took for granted, has now become something to pine after. To sit in a room with other people, to be gripped by the drama, for our heartbeats and breathing patterns to lock into one is a unique thing that cannot be replicated in the home. But it will survive. The landscape will be different for sure, but the human need to connect with one another through live storytelling will not fade with this virus, and I can’t wait until the day the doors open again – and this time I won’t be taking it for granted. I am delighted to be involved in this project. To look at the lockdown from my own family’s perspective. Though my professional world has been destroyed I worry more about the effect this has on my children, particularly my 2 year old. He is learning to socially distance, he is cut off from socialising with other wee ones – it worries me what this means for him in the long term. But on the flip side, we have become closer as a family, daddy has gone from being away working a lot of the time, to being available on tap. Is that good thing? Who knows. What I do know is that I am enjoying the excessive amount of cuddles I’m getting!"

Andy McGregor, Writer

"I am delighted to be part of Scenes for Survival. Whilst digital can never replace the thrill, live experience and visceral connection of performer and audience, actively reflecting on these times in this way is important. It's an opportunity for artists to continue to work on their practice and hopefully offer something of value and interest to those watching."

Ben Harrison, 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 launched in August 2020. The Federation of Scottish Theatre and the McGlashan Charitable Trust will ensure equitable distribution of the money raised.

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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