549: Scots of the spanish civil war

Director & co-Writer

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
Photo Credit: House Photography

Photo Credit: House Photography

UK Tour - May/June 2019 - dates and venues

Comrades of the International Bridgade, 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.

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.

Pulses with energy
— ★★★★ The Scotsman
Black Watch reimagined for a small town function room
— ★★★★ The Herald
Brilliantly executed
— ★★★★ Reviews Hub

Previous Dates:

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

Composers VanIves

Movement Director Robbie Gordon

Producer Steph Connell (current), Ailie Crerar, Hector Macpherson Brown (originating)





Photo Credits: Mihaela Bodlovic