549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War
COMRADES OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE:
YOU CAN GO PROUDLY. YOU ARE HISTORY.
YOU ARE LEGEND.
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.
2022. The country is in crisis. 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.
’Superb night out’ ★★★★ – The Scotsman
‘A beautifully moving tale of friendship, bravery and sacrifice’ ★★★★ – The Skinny
Written by ROBBIE GORDON & JACK NURSE
Directed by JACK NURSE
Designer BECKY MINTO
Lighting design BENNY GOODMAN
Musical Director SOFIA KHERROUBI GARCIA
Associate Director LUCY WILD
Assistant Director NELL O’HARA
Tour Producer STEPH CONNELL
Production Manager LOUISE GREGORY
Stage Manager BABETTE WICKHAM-RIDDICK
Deputy Stage Manager EMMA YEOMANS
Religher/Technician JOSH BROWN
Costume Supervisor SOPHIE FERGUSON
Wonder Fools will be hosting two events for teachers or youth group leaders to hear more about the show and how it was created. This will include members of the creative team talking about their process and a chance to ask questions and learn about the accompanying education resources on offer.
Monday 5 September, 5:30pm – 7:00pm – online event via zoom bookable via the Wonder Fools website (link here http://www.wonderfools.org/549teachersevent)
Thursday 15 September, 5:30pm – 7:00pm – in-person event at the Tron Theatre. To book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supported by Creative Scotland
Image credit: Mihaela Bodlovic