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

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Booking information

Date and Location:

Various Venues

Start Date: Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

End Date: Sunday, 23 June, 2019

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