A trio of Scottish actors take on a new work from the creator of the highly acclaimed Islander The Musical, Stewart Melton. The new work, that takes the form of a collection of three theatrical stories made for the screen is entitled Distance Remaining. The three characters, played by Karen Dunbar, Reuben Joseph and Dolina MacLennan, want to embark on journeys of discovery but lockdown means their roads are limited.
Distance Remaining follows their quests to reconnect with aspects of their lives. Volunteer driver Lindsey, played by Karen Dunbar, is on a delivery round that quickly becomes a bolt for freedom; pensioner Jess, played by Dolina MacLennan, is making an epic journey across her living room floor and teenage Cam, played by Reuben Joseph, looks up from his phone at the world around him.
Using multiple digital cameras, Distance Remaining offers a panoramic view of Scotland under lockdown from unusual angles and ten venues across Scotland have united together to present the work as part of a four week virtual tour.
Writer Stewart Melton said “Like many, I have often felt marooned this past year, cut off from the people I love and activities that bring my life shape and purpose. Perhaps as a result, I am very curious about how we all differently engage with separation and solitude and find what we need within ourselves and our immediate surroundings. In writing Distance Remaining, I have loved following all three characters’ adventures as they confront, overcome or reconcile with their loneliness – they have helped me feel less alone and I hope they will be good company to others too.”
Distance Remaining has an original soundtrack by Louise McCraw and is directed for the internet by Caitlin Skinner who has also directed NTS’s Scenes for Survival and Lament for Sheku Bayoh. It is supported by Creative Scotland and developed in association with Macrobert Arts Centre.
Tickets are on sale at the Distance Remaining website.
Age Guidance: 14+ Warning: Contains some strong language
Virtual Tour Dates
Macrobert Arts Centre Wednesday 14th April | 7.30PM Thursday 15th April | 7.30PM
Eden Court Theatre Friday 16th April | 7.30PM Saturday 17th April | 7.30PM
Dundee Rep Theatre Tuesday 20th April | 7.30PM
Eastgate Theatre Wednesday 21st April | 7.30PM
The Byre Theatre Friday 23rd April | 7.30PM Saturday 24th April | 7.30PM
The Beacon Arts Centre Wednesday 28th April | 7.30PM Thursday 29th April | 7.30PM
Mull Theatre Friday 30th April | 7.30PM Saturday 1st May | 7.30PM
Lyth Arts Centre Wednesday 5th May | 7.30PM
Assembly Roxy Thursday 6th May | 7.30PM Friday 7th May | 7.30PM
Perth Theatre Saturday 8th May | 7.30PM
Sunday Matinees – Virtual Performances | 2.30PM – 18th/25th April & 2nd & 9th May