549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War by Robbie Gordon & Jack Nurse (UK Tour)
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.
Prestonpans Town Hall | Prestonpans
Tues 21 - Sat 25 May
Lyth Arts Centre | Wick
Wed 29 & Thurs 30 May
Eden Court Theatre | Inverness
Sat 1 June
Traverse Theatre | Edinburgh
Thurs 6 - Sat 8 June
St Luke's | Glasgow
Tues 11 June
Platform | Glasgow
Wed 12 June
Dundee Rep | Dundee
Thurs 13 - Sat 15 June
Birnam Arts Centre | Dunkeld
Sun 16 June
Ballantrae Community Centre | Girvan
Tues 18 June
McCosh Hall | Kirkmichael
Wed 19 June
Boswell Centre | Auchinleck
Thurs 20 June
New Diorama Theatre | London
Sat 22 & Sun 23 June
*549 will be accompanied by a pop up installation 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 Kevin Doyle, Legacy Hotels and ASLEF.
Written by Robbie Gordon & Jack Nurse
Date and Location:
Start Date: Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June, 2019