Scenes for Survival | Three Billion Swipes

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20 Aug 2020

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After matching with each other on a virtual speed-dating app, two young people turn on their cameras and try to get to know each other. But with differing priorities and only a few minutes together, it might be more than just social distancing that’ll keep them apart. David Rankine and Kirsty Findlay star in a light-hearted look at finding love from writer Corinne Salisbury, directed by Heather Fulton.

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

"Tinder users collectively made three billion swipes worldwide on Sunday 29 March, the most the app has ever recorded in a single day. Reading this made me think about how the need for human connection, of any kind, was only intensified by the world very suddenly locking down, all the doors closing, and physical connection with romantic prospects suddenly becoming impossible. I wanted to write something about two people each in their own way seeking a meaningful connection. And how only being able to communicate through screens, through pixels, and through the inflexible rules and filters imposed by dating apps, might make it so much harder - and yet, perhaps, still possible, to somehow reach through the wires and find something real."

Corinne Salisbury, Writer

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to create a short piece as part of Scenes for Survival. At the present time, if we lose the ability to keep making art (hard though it can feel to do so right now), we lose that essential chance to tell our own story to ourselves, to create some sort of meaning out of the inexplicable, and to understand one another anew. As the project title suggests, right now art is not an indulgence, it is a survival kit."

Corinne Salisbury, Writer


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