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.
Robbie Gordon, Rebekah Lumsden, Michael MacKenzie, Nicholas Ralph, Cristian Ortega, Josh Whitelaw
Jack Nurse &
Steph Connell (Current)
Hector Macpherson Brown (Originating)
For more information on 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
May 2019. Prestonpans Town Hall. All images by Mihaela Bodlovic
"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
549 is a beautifully moving tale of friendship, bravery and sacrifice. It recounts a true story that deserves to be heard, not just because its an important and oft forgotten part of history, but because it's a fascinating and enjoyable tale to boot. ★★★★ The Skinny
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
Listen to the Putting It Together Podcast where co-writers Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse discuss creating 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War and other Wonder Fools work:
'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: