COMRADES OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE:
YOU CAN GO PROUDLY. YOU ARE HISTORY.
YOU ARE LEGEND.
WONDER FOOLS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRUNTON THEATRE AND CITIZENS THEATRE
1936. In villages, towns and cities across Scotland, 549 lives are gradually intertwining. People of contrasting backgrounds, ideologies and religions. Spurred on by their burning passion for equality and freedom, they will form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s legendary International Brigade
Based on a true story, 549 follows four miners from the streets of Prestonpans to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything they knew: for a land they did not know; for a people they had never met; and for a cause they believed was right.
549, a play with songs and storytelling, is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.
13 – 17 February 2018
7 – 10 February 2018
Prestonpans Town Hall
5 January 2017
Prestonpans Labour Club
1 April 2015
Old Hairdressers, Glasgow (work-in-progress)
Jack Nurse &
Ailie Crerar (Current)
Hector Macpherson Brown (Originating)
Went to see The 549 in Prestonpans tonight. Ladies' toilet at the interval, two working-class East Lothian voices float over the partition. "Lot of language, eh?" "Yeah. But it widnae be right if there wisnae."— joycemcmillan (@joycemcm) February 8, 2018
Do go see #549 by @wonder_fools. An important part of Scottish history that needs to be told. A fight that needs to continue. On my part, from my heart, love, respect and thanks to the 549. #nopasaran #laluchacontinua pic.twitter.com/h4r6FzQoNO— Itxaso 'Taz' Moreno (@QueenoftheClyde) February 10, 2018
"There is a special thrill in seeing the play performed, this week, in Prestonpans Town Hall, a building these men would have known well, in front of the kind of local audience, reliving part of their own history, that has been thin on the ground in Scottish theatre since the demise of 7:84 Scotland and Wildcat" ★★★★ Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"This play doesn’t just want us to remember and respect our history, it’s a call to arms and a timely reminder to always fight for what you believe in.” ★★★★ Reviews Hub
"Black Watch reimagined for a small town function room" ★★★★ Neil Cooper, The Herald
'549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War’ is currently in development. To find out about the work going on behind the scenes and our ongoing research into the ‘549’, visit our Development Blog below: