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9 Jun 2020

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

"Although it’s not usually a priority of mine, for scenes for survival I wanted to create something with warmth and hope. The piece is a peak into a personal life in lockdown, and the small ways in which we give meaning and reason to every day."

Stef Smith, Writer


I’m delighted to be a part of the NTS Scenes for Survival. Working on this project remotely from home has been a fulfilling creative experience like no other. It makes me feel nostalgic. Growing up I would record and make home videos on the camcorder, creating characters and building worlds; storytelling at its simplest form. This experience shows during these uncertain times, no matter how far apart we are, theatre brings everyone together. Our craft still has a platform to help entertain and deliver messages of hope and solidarity to everyone at home.

Moyo Akandé, Performer


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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