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


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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