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 and interactive website (549.scot) 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:

 

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.

 

PREVIOUS VENUES

Camden People's Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre, Big Burns Supper, Incoming Festival, HOMEmcr and the Citizens’ Theatre.


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: