About the Show

A superb night out’ ★★★★ – The Scotsman

A beautifully moving take of friendship, bravery and sacrifice’ ★★★★The Skinny

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.

2022. The country is in crisis.

In a small pub in Prestonpans, East Lothian, four millennials are told a story. The true story of four local miners who, 86 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.

Tour Dates 2022:


The Brunton – 23, 24 Sep

Beacon Arts Centre – 27 Sep

Perth Theatre – 29, 30 Sep


Macrobert Arts Centre – 1 Oct

Tron Theatre – 6, 7, 8 Oct

Eden Court – 10, 11 Oct

Traverse Theatre – 14, 15 Oct

Castle Douglas Town Hall – 25, 26 Oct

Moffat Town Hall – 27 Oct

Cumbernauld Theatre at Lanternhouse – 28 Oct


Fairlie Town Hall – 2 Nov

Cumnock Town Hall – 3 Nov

Troon Town Hall – 4, 5 Nov



This archive and the research behind it has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Those interviewed include Daniel Gray, Max Arthur, Mike Arnott, Paul Philippou, Tam and Jimmy Watters, Mark Gillespie, Marlene Sidaway, Jim Jump, Kath Campbell. Verbatim texts came from Ian MacDougall’s Voices from the Spanish Civil War (Living Memory) and Real Band of Brothers by Max Arthur. Images have been provided by Kevin Buyers. Actors include Robbie Gordon, Rebekah Lumsden, Cristian Ortega, Nicholas Ralph, Katie Scott and Josh Whitelaw.


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