Scenes for Survival launched
27 May 2020
Scenes for Survival is 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 has been 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 100 leading artists and
creatives have collaborated to create and release more than forty
unique films over the coming weeks and months.
All Scenes for Survival content is free to
audiences and will be made available on the National Theatre of Scotland website.
The launch collection released on 27 May 2020 is made up of six
- Isolation. A new short piece from
novelist Jenni Fagan, performed by Kate Dickie, and
directed by Debbie Hannan.
- A Mug's Game. An extract from the
play Fibres by Frances Poet, performed by original
star Jonathan Watson and directed by Louise
- Clearing. A new short piece from
writer Morna Pearson, performed by Ashleigh More and
directed by Cameron Mowat.
- Alone. Written and performed by Janey
Godley, directed by Caitlin Skinner.
- The Present. Written by Stef Smith,
starring Moyo Akandé and directed by Katherine
- John Rebus: The Lockdown Rules. An exclusive
new Rebus short from Ian Rankin, starring Brian
Cox as the irascible detective inspector and directed
by Cora Bissett.
There's a review by Mark Fisher in The Guardian of 27 May 2020.
The season of works also act 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 current crisis.