National Theatre of Scotland reveals details of first Scenes for Survival films

National Theatre of Scotland reveals details of first Scenes for Survival films

NTS's new season of digital short artworks to launch on 27 May at 9pm with pieces by Janey Godley, Jenni Fagan, Ian Rankin and more

Announced in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the theatre industry, Scenes for Survival is the National Theatre of Scotland's crisis responsive artistic project, launched in association with BBC Scotland and BBC Arts' Culture in Quarantine project. As part of the project, a digital programme of work is being created in collaboration with writers, actors and directors, which will tackle themes that are currently being navigated by those in the industry and beyond.

With a number of high-profile figures having confirmed their support early on, NTS has now revealed details of the first 'scenes' to be released, as well as information about the official launch on Wed 27 May at 9pm. The first releases will include new short pieces from writers Janey Godley, Jenni Fagan, Morna Pearson, Ian Rankin and Stef Smith, performed by the likes of Brian Cox, Kate Dickie, Moyo Akandé and others. In total, there are over 40 films that will be released approximately three times a week over the coming weeks, with each piece having been created by a quarantine creative team, made up of a performer(s), writer and director and filmed remotely by the performers.

The Scenes for Survival launch night will feature six shorts initially published on and distributed by the National Theatre of Scotland and partners via their social media channels. Among the six shorts is A Mug's Game, an extract from the critically-acclaimed comedy Fibres by Frances Poet, performed by Jonathan Watson and directed by Louise Shephard.

Audiences can also tune in to enjoy 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; John Rebus: The Lockdown Blues, an exclusive new Rebus short from Ian Rankin, directed by Cora Bissett and featuring Brian Cox as the detective inspector; Isolation, a new short piece from novelist Jenni Fagan, performed by Kate Dickie and directed by Debbie Hannan; and The Present, written by Stef Smith, directed by Katherine Nesbitt, and performed by Moyo Akandé.

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of National Theatre of Scotland said: 'Scenes for Survival will celebrate the extraordinary talent of Scottish theatre-makers. Their resilience and creativity in being able to MAKE theatre from their spaces of personal isolation is incredible. Theatre as an artform is able to be responsive and these stories begin to help us understand the times we are living through and how to collectively imagine our futures.

We hope that audiences will find some joy, shared community and solace in watching these scenes over the next few months whilst raising funds for theatre workers in need.'

Watch the first Scenes for Survival on Wed 27 May at 9pm at

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