549: Scots of the spanish civil war
Director & co-Writer
UK Tour - May/June 2019 - dates and venues
Comrades of the International Bridgade, you can go proudly. You are history. You are legend.
WONDER FOOLS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRUNTON THEATRE 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.
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
Prestonpans Town Hall - 7 - 10 February 2018
Citizens Theatre - 13 - 17 February 2018
Writers Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon
Designer Cat McLauchlan
Lighting Designer Benny Goodman
Movement Director Robbie Gordon
Producer Steph Connell (current), Ailie Crerar, Hector Macpherson Brown (originating)
Photo Credits: Mihaela Bodlovic