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New online project from National Theatre of Scotland unites Scottish theatre community to support it in response to COVID-1


By Margaret Chrystall

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NEW project Scenes For Survival from the National Theatre of Scotland will create digital artworks to share with isolated audiences online and involves Eden Court.

The project – created in the wake of COVID-19 – is looking for writers to contribute.

James Mackenzie-Blackman, chief executive of Eden Court, welcomed the new Scenes For Survival project, Picture: Callum Mackay.
James Mackenzie-Blackman, chief executive of Eden Court, welcomed the new Scenes For Survival project, Picture: Callum Mackay.

Eden Court’s chief executive James Mackenzie-Blackman said: “Eden Court is very proud of its relationship with the National Theatre of Scotland.

“Our collaboration, at this moment of unprecedented challenge for the cultural sector, is a fitting response to the time through which we are living.

“I’d like to encourage writers from across the Highlands and Islands to get involved to ensure the voices of those of us in the North of Scotland are heard.”

Writers are invited to take part with the project inviting submissions from professional playwrights who are Scottish or based in Scotland to write new pieces for one or two actors, written/created in English, Gaelic, Scots or BSL.

All submissions will be read by the National Theatre of Scotland’s artistic team, with commissioned scenes then matched with an actor or pair of actors as well as a director.

The initial call-out will be open until Thursday, April 16. Full details on the National Theatre of Scotland’s website: nationaltheatrescotland.com

The first Scenes For Survival pieces will be released later this month, and will be shared online through the National Theatre of Scotland’s website and social media channels, as well as those of the project’s associate partners.

New pieces will be released regularly over the coming months.

All Scenes for Survival content will be free for audiences and available via the company’s online platforms and social media channels, as well as being shared with BBC Arts, BBC Scotland and associate theatre who have been critically hit economically by COVID-19, including Eden Court in Inverness.

Many well-known names have already announced their support and will make the pieces from their own places in isolation – including director Cora Bissett, actors Alan Cumming, Brian Cox, Blythe Duff, Mark Bonnar, Tam Dean Burn, Kate Dickie, Greg McHugh, Finn Den Hertog, Lorraine Mcintosh, Adura Onashile, Julie Wilson Nimmo, Richard Rankin and Robert Softley Gale with written contributions from Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Jenni Fagan, May Sumbwanyambe, Greg Helphill and Greg McHugh.


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