1936. In Villages, Towns and Cities across Scotland, 549 men’s paths are gradually intertwining. Miners, Printers, Painters, Shipbuilders, Engineers, Students and even a Lemonade Salesman who collectively would form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s renowned International Brigade.
Spurred on by rapid political change, and their burning passion for equality and freedom for working people, this band of young men, tasked themselves with ousting the rising General Franco’s fascist occupation.
‘549’ follows four of those men from the streets of East Lothian, to the valleys of Central Spain, who gave up everything they knew; to travel across Europe, fight for a land they had never before seen, and for a people they had never met.
An intensely physical, rousing verbatim account, ‘549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War’ is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.
Photo credit: Jassy Earl
David James Kirkwood
Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse
Hector Macpherson Brown
Light & Sound Design