Scenes for Survival | Tiger is Out

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13 Aug 2020

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A month after the death of her big brother, Laura’s parents buy her a pet tiger. They never explain the tiger and won't discuss her brother. Not ever. Now that she’s having to learn to live with a dangerous animal every step becomes a tiptoe, every word becomes a whisper, and things are starting to spiral out of control. An extract from the forthcoming play I Am Tiger from writer Oliver Emanuel, directed by Lu Kemp and starring Ava Hickey.

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

This work has been developed and supported by Imaginate’s Accelerator programme. Accelerator is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.

"Lockdown has been especially hard on children. No school, no nursery. They can’t see their friends or wider family. Suddenly their world has got a lot smaller. And as a parent, it’s hard to make sense of this moment. How do we explain what is happening to our kids? These are some of the things I’ve been struggling with and as a writer I find that often my answer lies in telling a story. We need to find ways to talk about the difficult and the dangerous with our children and maybe, maybe, stories are the way"

Oliver Emanuel, Writer

"A girl locks herself in a bathroom so she can eat a bag of crisps. A choice to barricade yourself in to avoid a threat outside, made under extraordinary circumstances. Something surely most of us can relate to at the moment! I loved making this. Our lead Ava Hickey is a huge talent, and was a joy to work with on this. A whole new art form for me, and I hope young audiences particularly will find this story as funny and moving as we do."

Lu Kemp, 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 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.

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