Scenes for Survival | The Present

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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


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