A National Theatre of Scotland production following the lives of three women during World War One is touring throughout Scotland from now until the beginning of June.
Co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, The 306: Day is the second part in writer Oliver Emmanuel and composer Gareth Williams’ powerful new First World War trilogy. It explores how the conflict affected women, families, and communities on the home front and will visit venues 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 charted the real-life stories of three soldiers fighting on the front line who were to be executed for their actions. 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.
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.
The tour will also be accompanied by a new creative installation, titled Silence & Song, examining the role of women on the home front during the First World War. The project, created in partnership with Perth Theatre and Glasgow Women’s Library, has invited local women to help develop a creative installation inspired by ‘silk postcards’ popular with British troops during the conflict. It will consist of 306 embroidered handkerchiefs, created by volunteers of all different ages and experience from Perth, Dundee and Glasgow, commemorating the memories of the women connected to the 306 executed soliders. This artwork opened at the Station Hotel on 6 May before touring Scotland alongside the production.
The tour dates are: Station Hotel, Perth (5 to 13 May 2017); Cove Burgh Hall (15 May 2017); Sloans, Glasgow (17 May 2017); St Andrew’s in the Square, 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).
Get more information and to book tickets on the production, here.