COMRADES OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE:
YOU CAN GO PROUDLY. YOU ARE HISTORY.
YOU ARE LEGEND.

WONDER FOOLS PRESENTS

549: SCOTS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

In association with The Brunton and Citizens Theatre

Supported by Ayr Gaiety

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.

2017. The country is divided. In a small pub in Prestonpans, East Lothian, four millennials are told a story.

The true story of four local miners who, 80 years ago, travelled from the streets of Prestonpans to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything that was familiar: for a land that was not; 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.

*549 will be accompanied by a pop up installation celebrating local volunteers of the International Brigade supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Supported by Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, East Lothian Partnership Fund and Unity Theatre Trust with generous donations from Legacy Hotels and ASLEF.


CREATIVE TEAM

Writers
Jack Nurse &
Robbie Gordon

Director
Jack Nurse 

Designer
Catherine McLauchlan

Lighting Designer
Benny Goodman

Dramaturg
Douglas Maxwell

Composers
VanIves

Producer
Steph Connell (Current)
Ailie Crerar
Hector Macpherson Brown (Originating)

For more information on 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War please get in touch: contact@wonderfools.org

 

February 2018. Prestonpans Town Hall. All images by Jassy Earl Photography


"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

"Black Watch reimagined for a small town function room" ★★★★ Neil Cooper, The Herald

"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

 
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'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: