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A powerful new play that charts the heart-breaking journey of three of the three hundred and six British soldiers who were executed for cowardice, desertion and mutiny during World War I. With a contemporary score performed live by the Red Note Ensemble, the songs explore the vulnerability and devastation of the battlefields, alongside the inner struggles of the men.
About the Author
Oliver Emanuel is a playwright based in Scotland. He was born in Kent, England, and studied at Leeds University and the University of East Anglia before settling in Glasgow in 2006. He has written for most of the major theatre companies in Scotland and his work has been seen across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada, USA and China. He also writes extensively for BBC radio. Oliver's play Dragon won Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards 2014.
'the imagery drawn from Emanuel's writing is gentler and more vulnerable as it betrays the fear and horror of cannon fodder packed off to a foreign land, with some of those fighting for a cause they could barely comprehend not long out of short trousers... It is driven too by the sweep of Gareth Williams' score, in which the actors part sing their lines accompanied by Red Note Ensemble members... Josef Davies, Scott Gilmour and Joshua Miles play Harry, Joe and Willie with an unerring grace in this most brilliantly moving of elegies.' The Herald Scotland
'the first part of a proposed trilogy telling the story of the 306 soldiers shot for desertion during the First World War... The piece is a fitting remembrance of injustices commited a century ago' The Stage
'it’s nothing if not ambitious. Alongside its undeniably atmospheric location, The 306: Dawn weaves together a new script by Glasgow-based playwright Oliver Emanuel... It tells the true stories, dug up from archives, of three young Great War soldiers court martialled and executed by their own comrades for cowardice or desertion... It does the memories of these three soldiers (and of the 303 others executed for similar reasons) enormous service in simply telling their stories, and bearing witness to their deaths... It’s a harrowing, poignant, often unbearably moving production.' The Arts Desk