Scenes for Survival review – Alan Cumming runs wild in lockdown drama | The Guardian

Available onlineCumming, Val McDermid and others explore pandemic life in this series from National Theatre of Scotland and the BBCDuring the Covid crisis, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has been collecting what it calls Pandemic Objects: artefacts that have taken on new significance in our changed lives. Let’s hope its remit includes archiving Scenes for Survival, a collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and the BBC, now more than halfway through its 50-odd digital responses to life under lockdown. Many of these short commissions seem not only like plays for today but plays for tomorrow.Viewed from afar, they will become time capsules, bottling an era when play parks were cordoned off, key workers were celebrated yet exploited and a visit from the postie was a social highlight of one’s week. Continue reading…

Available online
Cumming, Val McDermid and others explore pandemic life in this series from National Theatre of Scotland and the BBC

During the Covid crisis, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has been collecting what it calls Pandemic Objects: artefacts that have taken on new significance in our changed lives. Let’s hope its remit includes archiving Scenes for Survival, a collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and the BBC, now more than halfway through its 50-odd digital responses to life under lockdown. Many of these short commissions seem not only like plays for today but plays for tomorrow.

Viewed from afar, they will become time capsules, bottling an era when play parks were cordoned off, key workers were celebrated yet exploited and a visit from the postie was a social highlight of one’s week.

Continue reading…


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