549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War

Wonder Fools in association with Citizens Theatre and the Brunton Theatre
A new play with songs and storytelling, is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.
549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War

1936. In villages, towns and cities across Scotland, 549 lives of contrasting backgrounds, ideologies and religions are gradually intertwining. 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.

Based on a true story, this new play follows four miners from the streets of East Lothian to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything they knew: for a land they did not know; for a people they had never met; and for a cause they believed was right.

To coincide with this production we are selling copies of When the Gorbals fought Franco. The short book by Mark Gillespie tells the story of John Joseph Lynch - a young man from the Gorbals who, like the men in the play, was an International Brigade volunteer. You can purchase the book for £5 at our Box Office or online now

    13 Feb7.30pm Preview
    14 Feb1.30pm Preview
    14 Feb7.30pm
    15 Feb7.30pm
    16 Feb7.30pm
    17 Feb2.30pm
    17 Feb7.30pm
  • Cast & Creative Team

    Director - Jack Nurse

    Writers - Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon

    Designer - Cat McLauchlan

    Lighting Designer - Benny Goodman

    Dramaturg - Douglas Maxwell


"Brilliantly executed"
- The Reviews Hub

- The Herald

"a zeitgeist-capturing evocation of hope"
- The Herald (for Lampedusa)

"an intense experience"
- The Times (for Lampedusa)

"Jack Nurse's production delivers an evening worth remembering"
- The Scotsman (for Lampedusa)

"Wonder Fools are talented theatre-makers and it’s exciting to see an emerging theatre company making such a varied piece and doing so with a noticeable confidence"
- Exeunt Magazine (for The Coolidge Effect)


Photo Galleries

Running Time: 75mins no interval
Circle Studio

Next entry: Cyrano de Bergerac


Previous entry: OLIVER!