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.

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War is currently available for touring in summer 2019, for more information get in touch: contact@wonderfools.org

 

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

13 – 17 February 2018
Citizens Theatre

7 – 10 February 2018
Prestonpans Town Hall

5 January 2017
Prestonpans Labour Club
(Rehearsed Reading)

1 April 2015
Old Hairdressers, Glasgow (work-in-progress)
 


CREATIVE TEAM

Writers
Jack Nurse &
Robbie Gordon

Director
Jack Nurse 

Designer
Cat McLauchlan

Lighting Designer
Benny Goodman

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

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

"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:

 

A HISTORY OF SILENCE NEVER DID US ANY GOOD.

You watch porn. Right? You don' t have to tell us. That's not what this is about.

In 2017, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are consumed every day.

As society's access of pornography increases, so can our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo.

Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives: George, a Gameboy wielding teenager; Gary, a father lost in the depths of his own addiction; Gail, a pioneering porn producer and Retrospect, an ex-porn addict who wants you to understand.

The Coolidge Effect uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences.

The show received a Special Commendation as part of 'The Suitcase Prize' at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich at PULSE festival 2017.

Previously performed at: Camden People's Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre and Big Burns Supper. 

 

UPCOMING DATES

20 - 21 June 2018
The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

(Formerly The Art School but the venue has changed due to the incident on Friday night. Our thoughts are with the staff, students and emergency services, plus the other affected buildings. Tickets still sold via The Art School website)

30 June 2018
Incoming Festival, New Diorama Theatre, London

1 July 2018
Incoming Festival, HOME, Manchester 


CAST

Robbie Gordon

CREATIVE TEAM

Writers 
Jack Nurse
Robbie Gordon

Director
Jack Nurse

Designer
Catherine McLauchlan

Lighting Designer
Benny Goodman

Creative Collaborators
Meg Forgan
Nima Sene

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

Images by Beth Chalmers and Jassy Earl Photography

 

 


“Incredibly powerful and innovative” ★★★★ Young Perspective
“Immersive, educational and political […] Wonder Fools have created an impactful and visceral piece of work”  72% The Fountain
“Brave […] Forceful mix of factual information, fictional storytelling, movement and reflection” ★★★ Joyce McMillan (The Scotsman)
"Wonder Fools are talented theatre-makers and it’s exciting to see an emerging theatre company making such a varied piece and doing so with a noticeable confidence” Exeunt Magazine

 

Creating The Coolidge Effect has involved a challenging and lengthy research and development process. Have a look at some snippets of it at our development blog:

 

A NIGHT OF FIRST TIMES, NEW BEGINNINGS, AND ONE MORE DRINK.

WFxS is a new night fusing music, theatre, dance, poetry, live visuals, performance art and DJs all together in one unique performance.

WFxS brings together a whole host of artists from these different disciplines around a central theme.

The first theme is ONE: "a night of first times, new beginnings and one more drink". 

We managed to raise a lovely sum of £136.51 for Shelter at the first WFxS.

This will money will go towards the equivalent of: helping settle a child who’s been relocated into a new school, funding five urgent phone calls to the helpline and paying for drop-in sessions that give six people the advice they need to keep their homes.

The other 50% of the box office takings are going towards putting WFxS on again. Watch this space for more info. We'll be back soon.

 

ONE

6 July 2017
The Old Hairdressers

THE NEXT ONE

Coming Soon
 


CREATIVE TEAM

Curators
Jack Nurse,
Robbie Gordon &
Ben Deans

Producers
Wonder Fools & Shoosht

 

PERFORMERS

C R P N T R
Glassmasterer
Jamie Marie Leary
Katharine O'Donnelly
Kirsty Punton
Leyla Josephine
Magic Dave
Nima Sene
Persona
The Vessel
Zel Viz

All images by Adlai Faigen and John Kazek