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The National Theatre of Scotland presents The 306: Day

The National Theatre of Scotland presents The 306: Day

The 306: Day, the second part in Oliver Emmanuel and Gareth Williams’ powerful new First World War trilogy, is set to embark on an expansive Scottish tour between 5 May and 3 June 2017. The show, which explores how the conflict affected women, families, and communities on the home front, will open at Perth’s historic Station Hotel on 5 May before setting off on a Scottish tour. It will visit venues, town and village halls, and civic spaces across the country, including performances in Glasgow, Clydebank, Aberdeen, Dundee, Lockerbie, Galashiels, Ballachulish, Wigtown, Cove, Nairn, Arrochar, and Fort Augustus.

The first part of the trilogy, The 306: Dawn, premiered in the summer of 2016 and marked the centenary of the Somme Offensive. Audaciously staged within a barn in the Perthshire countryside, and co-produced with Perth Theatre and 14-18 NOW, the play charted the real-life stories of three soldiers fighting on the front line who were to be executed for their actions. 

“(The) most brilliantly moving of elegies”- ***** The Herald on The 306: Dawn 

“An indelibly powerful work of music theatre that will have an impact for many years to come”- **** The Scotsman on The 306: Dawn 

Inspired by real events and first-hand accounts, The 306: Day will tell the stories of three women left behind in the wake of the executions, and their struggles to be heard above the clamour of the conflict. The year is 1917, and the war across the channel rages on. In Russia, a revolution is turning the social order on its head while at home in Britain, there are women fighting their own battles. Rents are rising. Food is scarce. And war work can be deadly. 

Nellie Murray works at a Glasgow munitions factory, but is also a member of the Women’s Peace Crusade.

Struggling to cope after the execution of her husband for cowardice, Gertrude Farr has a young daughter and doesn’t know where to turn. Mrs Byers waits for news of her son. He ran off to join the army at the beginning of the war and she prays for word of his safe return. 

Their stories of struggle, survival and speaking out will be brought to musical life across Scotland, with performances in town halls and civic spaces in towns and cities across the country. 

The cast for the 306: Day includes Dani Heron and Steven Miller, who previously worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on last year’s tour of The James Plays, Amanda Wilkin, Fletcher Mathers, Angela Hardie, and Wendy Sommerville. 

The show features a contemporary score performed live by leading members of the Red Note Ensemble, who also contributed a deft and moving accompaniment to last year’s The 306: Dawn. Composer Gareth Williams is a long-term collaborator with both Red Note and Oliver Emanuel; the pair previously worked on The End of the World (for One Night Only) which Red Note commissioned, developed and staged in Edinburgh in December 2012. The National Theatre of Scotland also reunites with Perth Theatre and collaborates with Stellar Quines for the first time, under the new Artistic Directorship of Jemima Levick.  

The 306: Day is co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary. Support for the tour comes from The Gannochy Trust, The Forteviot Trust, and The Thomson Charitable Trust.

Oliver Emanuel’s work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Dragon (winner, Best Production for Families, UK Theatre Awards 2014) and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, based on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name. Gareth Williams’ compositions have featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. Magnus Festival, Sound Festival, 5:15, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Sonorities, Opera to Go, and the York Late Music Festival. 

Touring toStation Hotel, Perth (5 to 13 May 2017); Cove Burgh Hall (15 May 2017); Sloans, Glasgow (17 May 2017); Saint Luke’s, Glasgow (18 May 2017); Clydebank Town Hall (19 to 20 May 2017); Galashiels Volunteer Hall (22 May 2017); Wigtown Town Hall (23 May 2017); Lockerbie Town Hall (24 May 2017); Marryat Hall, Dundee (25 May 2017); Town & County Hall, Aberdeen (26 May 2017); Nairn Community Centre (31 May 2017); Fort Augustus Village Hall (1 June 2017); Ballachuilish Village Hall (2 June 2017); Arrochar Village Hall (3 June 2017).

Opening Press Performance on 6 May at 7.30pm, at the Station Hotel, Perth.  

On sale info: Full tour and ticket information available at nationaltheatrescotland.com

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