Wonder Fools presents
549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War
In association with the Brunton Theatre and Citizens Theatre
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
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.
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.
"This play doesn’t just want us to remember and respect our history, it’s a call to arms and a timely reminder to always fight for what you believe in.”
★★★★ Reviews Hub
"Black Watch reimagined for a small town function room"
★★★★ Neil Cooper, The Herald
"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
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes (no interval)
TRIGGERS/ WARNINGS: Strong language, re-enactment of war, loud noises
POST SHOW DISCUSSION: Featuring the cast, including co-writer Robbie Gordon, and also Mike Arnott, Scotland Secretary of the International Brigade Memorial Trust.