The 306: Dawn - 14-18 NOW

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The 306: Dawn

24 May - 11 June 2016

DALCRUE FARM, NEAR PITCAIRNGREEN, PERTH

Image credit: National Theatre of Scotland, The 306: Dawn by Christopher Bowen.

The 306: Dawn

Image credit: National Theatre of Scotland, The 306: Dawn by Christopher Bowen.

 

Between 1914 and 1918, many British soldiers were convicted of military offences, including cowardice, mutiny and desertion, and were executed. In 2006, 306 of them received posthumous pardons. Now a new series of plays brings their lives back into sharp focus, challenging our notions of patriotism, heroism and glory.

Written by playwright Oliver Emanuel and composer Gareth Williams, and directed by Laurie Sansom for the National Theatre of Scotland, The 306 is a trilogy of plays focusing on the lives and deaths of three soldiers: Joseph Byers, aged 17 from Glasgow; Harry Farr, a 25-year-old Londoner; and Joseph Willie Stones, a year younger from Durham. The trilogy explores the poignant true stories of these soldiers, the families and friends who lost their loved ones, and the century-long campaign to see them pardoned.

Dawn, part 1 of the trilogy, received its world premiere at a special dawn performance in May during the Perth Festival of the Arts. Parts 2 and 3 will follow in 2017 and 2018.

‘In 2012, Gareth Williams and I were looking at all the planned memorials for the First World War. It felt like all the stories were about bravery and sacrifice and heroism – but what about those who failed to live up to this ideal? This story challenges what we think about the war and how we memorialise the dead.’ Oliver Emanuel, writer

Watch the trailer below:

Presented by 14-18 NOW, National Theatre of Scotland and Perth Theatre, in association with Red Note Ensemble.

Dates, Times & Locations

24 May – 11 June, various times.

Please visit Perth Concert Hall website for full details. For full details about the location click here.

ASSOCIATED EVENTS

1 June

6pm, Norie-Miller Studio.

Between 1914 and 1918, many British soldiers were convicted of military offences, including cowardice, mutiny and desertion, and were executed. In 2006, 306 of them received posthumous pardons. Now a new series of plays, The 306, brings their lives back into sharp focus, challenging our notions of patriotism, heroism and glory. Playwright and author of The 306, Oliver Emanuel, talks to award-winning photographer, Chloe Dewe Matthews. The arresting photograph used for The 306 poster is taken from Chloe Dewe Matthews acclaimed series Shot At Dawn for which she photographed the location at dawn where each soldier was killed.  Both projects are 14-18 NOW commissions.

9 June

6pm, Norie-Miller Studio. Free but booking required.

Between 1914 and 1918, many British soldiers were convicted of military offences, including cowardice, mutiny and desertion, and were executed. In 2006, 306 of them received posthumous pardons. Now a new series of plays, The 306, brings their lives back into sharp focus, challenging our notions of patriotism, heroism and glory. Join a panel of special guests to explore the real life events of hundred years ago that inspired this heart-breaking and critically acclaimed new production which is part of the 14-18 NOW season.

Tickets

On sale now:

Preview: Tue 24 – Thu 26 May
£10; no concessions (plus booking fee)

Fri 27 May – Sat 11 Jun
£18; concessions £13 (plus booking fee)
Young Scots, students + under 26s £5

Book / 01738 621031

Creative Team

Oliver Emanuel Writer
Gareth Williams Composer
Laurie Sansom Director
Becky Minto Costume and Set Designer
Simon Wilkinson Lighting Designer
Jonathan Gill Musical Director

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