Scenes for Survival | When? An extract from Further Than the Furthest Thing


29 Jun 2020

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Following a disastrous natural event, the residents of an isolated island community in the middle of the Atlantic are left picking up the pieces and lamenting a way of life that has been lost. A newly staged extract from Zinnie Harris’s first full-length play Further Than the Furthest Thing, performed by Kathryn Howden and Gilly Gilchrist and directed by Zinnie Harris. First staged at the Traverse Theatre in 2000, the play was most recently seen by audiences at Dundee Rep in 2012.

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

"This isn’t a new scene, but an old scene from my first play Further than the Furthest Thing. Whilst its based on the experiences of the evacuated Tristan Islanders in 1961, its an attempt to articulate the more universal pain of waiting for a situation to change, a longing for home and a grief about a way of life has been lost. All of these things feel close to our experience now.

Theatre for me is about telling stories to audiences and whilst we are locked out of our dear buildings we have to adapt in order to keep sharing our experiences and healing together. This project allows us to be experimental and versatile while we evolve…"

Zinnie Harris

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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