Scenes for Survival | Strolling Through the Meadows


1 Jul 2020

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Making their way across a busy Meadows at the height of the Edinburgh Festival, Renton and Sick Boy upset Spud when they start tormenting a squirrel. Their ever-sensitive pal points out that vermin status is very much in the eye of the beholder, as two passing posh wifies make abundantly clear. Actor Brian Duffy performs this extract from Irvine Welsh’s seminal Scottish novel Trainspotting in British Sign Language, recorded in Seoul, South Korea, directed by Davey Anderson.

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

"It was an experience - working with a director remotely. Scenes for Survival is a great project, I’m honoured to be involved."

Brian Duffy

"I’m really glad to be involved in Scenes for Survival. If there’s one company that can continue to make exciting work (and employ lots of creative freelancers) in these challenging times it’s our national theatre without walls. I want to get back into the same room with other theatre-makers as soon as possible. I want to go to gigs and exhibitions and see shows, squashed into a sweaty venue with a big bunch of strangers. Nothing can replace that collective embodied experience that makes the performing arts so special. But in the meantime, I’m enjoying watching these experimental shorts. Maybe because they’re filmed by the actors themselves, or their quarantined flatmates, there is something very intimate and immediate about them. I hope you enjoy our contribution to the season. Stay safe, ken!"

Davey Anderson

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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