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Scenes for Survival was a new season of digital short artworks, created in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films.
Each artwork was exceptionally created by a quarantine creative team, connecting remotely, made up of a performer(s), writer and director and filmed by the performers, from their personal spaces of isolation. Over 200 leading artists and creatives collaborated to create and release fifty-five unique films.
This season of works also acted as a platform to raise money for the new Scenes For Survival Hardship Fund: a fund for artists and theatre workers who have been hardest hit financially by the pandemic.
Scenes for Survival was celebrated as part of the British Council's 2020 UK/Italy season 'Being Present'.
Scenes with lockdown loneliness
Aleister Crowley Summons the Devil"I'm so lonely. Everyday feels the same. Every Day. It's just ... me. There's nothing. Nothing is coming ... It's nothing"
John Rebus: The Lockdown Blues"Dandy until you feel how close the walls are to you. No way of pushing them back. Nowhere to hide."
Scenes about surviving
68 Months in Waiting"We were forced out ae our homes – mostly they were burned or the roofs torn off so we couldnae go back"
Dirlo - Am Fear Maireann | Dirlo - The Survivor"My arms are ready to encircle you, if you still want them to. My heart still beats for you"
Listen to Me"You’ve just got to stay strong. Physical –We’re all gonna be OK. It’s the new normal. We can rebuild. You have to do this."
Scenes with extraordinary conversations
Future Perfect (Tense)"You call these meetings for my advice and then you do what you want anyway."
The Quiz"I actually went to a lot of effort to organise this, the least you could do is pay attention"
Scenes from the frontline
Courier Culture"Needs to be more to life than this: deliveries all day then passing out at night watching Tik Tok"
Babe Rainbow"I'm the one constant in their lives, it's the highlight of their day. And if I'm honest, it's mine too"
Scenes of intrigue, mystery and suspense!
Scenes with lockdown love
Scenes from childhood
Danni the Champion"I wanted to ask them if I would be alright because nobody would ever tell me I’d be alright and it’s so hard to know"
How We Roll"I am planning to record these memories, before I forget stuff. Which, now I think of it, I will."
Scenes about mothers
Birdie's Dilemma"She said, good girls, are calm, they smile, get a job, and contribute to society. They don't hide matches in their drawers."
Running Out"Over the shingle and shells......and into the sea...Keeping my eyes on the horizon, mum, like you taught me..."
Scenes about remembered love
Scenes about plays and passion
Scenes about the future
Call to Adventure"Meet me at the airport, pick a random flight we'll vanish from our lives, head off into the night"
Scenes from theatre past and future
Black Scots, an extract from First Snow/Premiere neige"They come to wave you goodbye at the airport. They don’t tell you that there’s no going back"
A MUG'S GAME"Thing is, I’m proud of the work I did. You know…I’ve a flower from a bouquet sent by John Lennon and Yoko Bloody Ono. How many people can say that?"
Dreaming of Edinburgh, an extract from The Breathing House"Edinburgh is the most erotic city in the world"
Strolling Through the Meadows, an extract from Trainspotting"Two posh wifies gie us the eye. Snobby festival-type lemons who look like somebody’s just farted."
When? An extract from Further Than the Furthest Thing"And everyday the old people is saying to the young people, 'Soon soon, we'll be going back soon.'"
Artists involved to date include:
Performers: Moyo Akandé, Saskia Ashdown, Jasmin Ewing-Asname, Victoria Balnaves, Maureen Beattie, Oliver Bennett, Cora Bissett, Mark Bonnar, Tam Dean Burn, Ronan Burns, Neshla Caplan, Morven Christie, Andy Clark, Jo Clifford, Francesca Taylor Coleman, Amy Conachan, Nicole Cooper, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Kate Dickie, Martin Donaghy, Brian Duffy, Liz Ewing, Kirsty Findlay, Gilly Gilchrist, Julie Graham, Douglas Henshall, Dani Heron, Ava Hickey, Gordon Houston, Katherine Howden, Isabella Jarrett, Emma King, Sanjeev Kholi, Eilidh Loan, Laura Lovemore, Jack Lowden, Thierry Mabonga, Natalie MacDonald, Ross Mann, Patrick Martins, James McArdle, Martin McCormick, Kristi McDonald, Lorraine Mcintosh, Brooklyn Melvin, Afton Moran, Natalie Moore Williams, Ashleigh More, Gerry Mulgrew, Taqi Nazeer, Julie Wilson Nimmo, Jatinder Singh Randhawa, Richard Rankin, David Rankine, Annie Louise Ross, John Scougall, Elaine C Smith, Lawrence Smith, Molly Vevers, Daibhidh Walker, Jonathan Watson, Tracy Wiles, and Natalie Moore Williams.
Writers: Finn Anderson, Peter Arnott, Apphia Campbell, Rob Drummond, Philippe Ducros, Andy Edwards, Oliver Emanuel, Stewart Ennis, Jenni Fagan, Janice Galloway, Kevin Gilday, Catherine Grosvenor, Nelly Kelly, Aine King, Hannah Lavery, Ian Low, Iain Finlay Macleod, Iain Macrae, Douglas Maxwell, Isobel McArthur, Nicola McCartney, Liam McCormick, Val McDermid, Andy McGregor, Kathy McKean, Alan McKendrick, Johnny McKnight, Linda McLean, Denise Mina, Rona Munro, Noisemaker ( Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie), Michael John O’Neill, Morna Pearson, Frances Poet, Lynda Radley, Uma Nada-Rajah, Ian Rankin, Corinne Salisbury, Stef Smith, Tena Štivičić, May Sumbwanyambe, Luke Sutherland, Meghan Tyler, Bea Webster, and Irvine Welsh.
Writer-performers: Richard Conlon, Janey Godley, Liz Lochhead, and Gail Watson.
Director/performers: Peter Mullan
Writer/director/performer: Greg McHugh
Directors: Davey Anderson, Andy Arnold (Artistic Director of the Tron Theatre), Justin Audibert, Cora Bissett, Jordan Blackwood, Nick Bone, Liz Carruthers, Christine Devaney and Tam Dean Burn, Graham Eatough, Julie Ellen (Artistic Director of Macrobert Arts Centre), Morag Fullarton, Heather Fulton, Leonie Rae Gasson, Nic Green, Debbie Hannan, Ben Harrison, Finn den Hertog, Dominic Hill (Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre), Shilpa T-Hyland, Natalie Ibu, Emily Ingram, Niloo-Far Khan, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, Muireann Kelly (Artistic Director of Theatre Gu Leòr), Lu Kemp (Artistis Director of Perth Theatre), Maggie Kinloch, Jemima Levick (Artistic Director of Stellar Quines Theatre Company), Laura Cameron Lewis, Amy Liptrott (Associate Director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Fiona MacKinnon, Morag McKinnon, Sarah McCardie, Peter McMaster, Beth Morton, Cameron Mowat, Katherine Nesbitt, Eve Nicol, Jack Nurse, Orla O’Loughlin, Andrew Panton (Artistic Director of Dundee Rep Theatre), Sally Reid, Stasi Schaeffer, Louise Shephard, Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir and Caitlin Skinner.
Writer/directors: Robert Softley Gale (Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise), David Greig, Zinnie Harris, Greg Hemphill, and Gerda Stevenson.
Additional creatives: Susan Bear, Matt Elliott, Lewis den Hertog, Dougal Gudim, Zoe Irvine, Fi Johnston, Danny Krass, Andrew Eaton Lewis, Simon Lidell, Rob MacNeacail, Michael John McCarthy, Kim Moore, Pippa Murphy, Shereen Nanjiani, Elizabeth Newman (Artistic Director of Pitlochry Theatre), Rab Noakes, Matt Padden, Patricia Panther, Tom Penny, Nick Powell, Travis Reeves, Carrie Skinner, Scott Twynholm, Tom Urie
Scenes for Survival is being developed and delivered by the National Theatre of Scotland working in association with an unprecedented number of partner organisations, including Aberdeen Performing Arts, An Lanntair, The Gaiety, Birds of Paradise, the Beacon Arts Centre, the Byre Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Cumbernauld Theatre, Curious Seed, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Dundee Rep Theatre, Eden Court Highlands, Imaginate, Lyth Arts Centre, Macrobert Arts Centre, Magnetic North, Perth Theatre, Pier Arts Centre, Playwrights Studio, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Queen Jesus Productions, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Shetland Arts, Solar Bear, Studio Fir Chlis, Summerhall, Stellar Quines, Theatre Gu Leor, the Tron Theatre and the Traverse Theatre.