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