The Bees

Release date: 10 June 2020 | 9pm

Lorraine McIntosh performs in a new short from writer and director David Greig, an elegant, lyrical celebration of the first moments of young love. Sitting at home, a woman reminisces about the party where she met her soulmate, from the heart-racing bliss of a first conversation to fearing that a perfect moment has been spoiled by saying just the wrong thing.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, with support from Hopscotch Films.

 

Scott and Laura

Release date: 12 June 2020 | 9pm

James McArdle and Dani Heron appear in this frantic and twisting new short drama from writer Rona Munro. Directed by Jordan Blackwood.

Trapped in fear of his life and desperate to escape the criminal connections of his girlfriend’s family, Scott reaches out to Laura, childhood sweetheart and former fiancé, for help. But old wounds begin to reopen as they both weigh up their options.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, with support from Hopscotch Films.

 

Venusvirus

8 June 2020

A newly-performed extract from stage play Venus as a Boy, adapted from the novel by Luke Sutherland and featuring Tam Dean Burn. Co-directed by Tam Dean Burn and Christine Devaney.

Cupid may have lived with the divine gift of ecstatic love, but it is also what’s killing him; turning his body into solid gold as he breathes his last and tries to make peace with the world from a lonely, stifling bed. Venus as a Boy was first adapted for the stage by Burn from the book by Sutherland in 2007, premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before a UK tour.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Curious Seed, with support from Hopscotch Films.

The Domestic

5 June 2020

Expecting a national lockdown to be the perfect time to attempt suicide, a young woman is instead rescued by her boyfriend and wakes on a crowded hospital ward. There she finds much-needed comfort from an unexpected and welcome source of humanity.

Kristi MacDonald stars in a new short piece from writer Uma Nada Rajah, who is herself working as a staff nurse for NHS Scotland during the current crisis. Directed by Beth Morton.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Beacon Arts Centre, with support from Hopscotch Films.

Fatbaws

3 June 2020

Peter Mullan stars in a surreal and hilarious new short from writer Douglas Maxwell.

After switching the food in his back-garden bird feeder, an idyllic lockdown experience is threatened after the birds make it clear they’re none too happy with the change. A showdown ensues, and as the fight escalates beyond his control the lines between man and beast begin to blur.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, with support from Hopscotch Films.

Warning: contains strong language

Skeleton Wumman

1 June 2020

A newly conceived extract from the play written and directed by Gerda Stevenson and performed by Amy Conachan.

In this eerie Scots-language fable (based on an Inuit tale), a disabled teenager, swept away by climate-change catastrophe, finds herself transformed into a skeleton on the sea floor.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, with support from Hopscotch Films.

A Mug's Game

27 May 2020

An extract from the play Fibres by Frances Poet, performed by original stars and directed by Louise Shephard.

Centred on the generations of men knowingly exposed to deadly asbestos over years working in the Glasgow shipyards, and the tragic impact left on them and their loved ones, Fibres is a bittersweet comedy infused with Glaswegian resilience and wit.

First produced in October 2019 in a co-production between the Citizens Theatre and Stellar Quines, the play toured Scotland to critical and audience acclaim. Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and the Citizens Theatre and Stellar Quines, with support from Hopscotch Films.

John Rebus: The Lockdown Blues

27 May 2020

An exclusive new Rebus short from Ian Rankin, starring Brian Cox as the irascible detective inspector and directed by Cora Bissett.

Weeks into lockdown and imprisoned at home, his only distant link to the outside world coming through infrequent visits from his long-standing colleague Siobhan, an ageing Inspector Rebus reflects on his bizarre solitary confinement.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project with support from Hopscotch Films.

Alone

27 May 2020

Written and performed by Janey Godley, directed by Caitlin Skinner.

Trapped at home with no company save for an adorable dog and a stubborn husband who just won’t be told what to do, a middle-aged woman offers a sobering and darkly funny glimpse into her lockdown experience.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, with support from Hopscotch Films.

Isolation

27 May 2020

A new short piece from novelist Jenni Fagan performed by Kate Dickie and directed by Debbie Hannan.

Trapped in self-imposed solitude in her bedroom and cut-off from those she loves the most, a lonely woman struggles to come through the hellish, isolating odyssey of her illness.

Isolation reunites Jenni Fagan with Debbie Hannan, who directed the 2019 stage adaptation of her stunning debut novel The Panopticon.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Summerhall, with support from Hopscotch Films.

The Present

27 May 2020

Written by Stef Smith, starring Moyo Akandé and directed by Katherine Nesbitt.

During her solitude, a young woman offers a tender poetic lament to an absent loved one, and takes comfort in imagining a time when they can finally be together again.

Produced in association with the Traverse Theatre.

Clearing

27 May 2020

A new short piece from writer Morna Pearson, performed by Ashleigh More and directed by Cameron Mowat.

When the lockdown comes into force a teenage girl in Northeast Scotland finds herself torn between which of her separated parents she wants to isolate with. She seeks solace in the nearby woods, a place where she can escape from the worries of her day-to-day life.

Produced in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts.

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