The National Theatre of Scotland has announced that it will be creating a digital programme of work responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the theatre industry.
Launched in association with BBC Scotland and BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, Scenes for Survival will see writers, actors and directors create a series of short scenes about current challenges being navigated by the creative sector.
The digital artworks will be released across online platforms over the next few months.
Many established writers and performers have already pledged their support, including actors Alan Cumming, Brian Cox and Blythe Duff, and theatremakers Cora Bissett and Robert Softley Gale. There will be written contributions from novelists Val McDermid and Ian Rankin among others.
The NTS will also announce a call out opportunity for writers to be commissioned to write new, short pieces for the project. More information about the creative teams for the project will be released over the next few weeks.
The season is being produced in association with several Scottish theatres and companies, including the Citizens Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company and Dundee Rep.
NTS will also use the season as a platform to raise money for a new hardship fund for artists and those in the theatre industry who have been hardest hit financially.
Artistic director Jackie Wylie said: “Scenes for Survival will provide much-needed paid opportunities for artists, celebrate our exceptional national culture and raise money for the freelance community who are experiencing drastic economic and emotional hardship.”