The 306: Day

The second part of Oliver Emanuel and Gareth William’s powerful new First World War trilogy exploring how the war affected women, families, and communities on the home front.

The 306: Day is the second part of Oliver Emanuel and Gareth William’s powerful new First World War trilogy, charting the heart-breaking journey of the 306 men executed for cowardice and desertion during the conflict and the devastating consequences for those they left behind. This second part in the trilogy explores how the war affected women, families, and communities on the home front.

The first part of the trilogy, The 306: Dawn, premiered in the summer of 2016 and was set around the events of the Battle of the Somme, marking the centenary of the Somme Offensive. Audaciously staged within a transformed 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.

Inspired by real events and first-hand accounts, The 306: Day follows the lives of three ordinary women fighting to be heard above the clamour of World War 1. The date 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.

The 306: Day is a new piece of music theatre about staying silent and speaking out, fighting for peace and giving into violence. It tells the forgotten story of three women in wartime and their struggle to survive in a world that won’t listen.

“(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

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National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library and Horsecross Theatre are hosting events that give insight into the production of The 306:Day. 


The National Theatre of Scotland, Perth Theatre, and Stellar Quines, in association with Red Note Ensemble, present The 306: Day. Written by Oliver Emanuel, composed by Gareth Williams, directed by Jemima Levick.

Creative Team

  • Writer: ["Oliver Emanuel", "Oliver Emanuel"]

    Oliver is an internationally award-winning playwright based in Glasgow. His previous work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes The 306: Dawn (14-18 NOW, Perth Theatre), Dragon (Vox Motus/ Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre, winner of Best Show for Children and Young People – UK Theatre Awards 2014), and The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish. Other theatre works include Titus (winner of the People’s Choice Victor Award at IPAY 2015), Prom (Oran Mor/Traverse/Lemon Tree), The Lost Things (Tortoise in a Nutshell), Spirit of Adventure (Oran Mor), Magpie Park (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Man Across The Way. His recent radio work was a lead writer on Emile Zola: Blood, Sex & Money starring Glenda Jackson for BBC Radio 4. Oliver was writer in residence for BBC Radio 4 in 2010 and is a part-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews.

  • Composer: ["Gareth Williams", "Gareth Williams"]

    Originally from Armagh, Gareth now lives and works as a composer in Glasgow.  His work has been featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. Magnus Festival, Sound Festival, 5:15, Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Sonorities, Opera to Go, and the York Late Music Festival. Prizes include the Dinah Wolf Prize for Composition, and his piece Search Engines was winner of the 2000 Great British Conservatoire Composers Forum. His music has been broadcast on BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster, RTE Television, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and CBC Radio 2 in Canada.  Currently, Gareth is Composer in Residence at Scottish Opera, where he has created two full length chamber operas – The Elephant Angel, with novelist Bernard MacLaverty, and Last One Out, with writer Johnny McKnight. He is currently creating a new piece for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a new work for soprano and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and a new opera, with libretto by Canadian writer Anna Chatterton, based on D.H.Lawrence’s ‘The Rocking Horse Winner”.

  • Director: ["Jemima Levick", "Jemima Levick"]

    Jemima was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Stellar Quines in May 2016. Prior to that, she served as Artistic Director and as Associate Director at Dundee Rep Theatre for seven years. She trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and also on a Scottish Arts Council Director Traineeship. She has won and been nominated for a number of awards and directed more than 18 productions at the Rep, including Great Expectations, The Glass Menagerie, Time and the Conways, The Tempest, The Elephant Man and Beauty and the Beast. As a director and producer she has worked with a number of companies, including the Royal Lyceum Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland, Perissology Theatre Productions, Borderline, Grid Iron Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre and Paines Plough. The Disappointed (BBC Radio Scotland). Her recent film works include Spores (Short Film Talent Network).

  • Costume and Set Design: Becky Minto
  • Musical Direction: Claire Mackenzie
  • Lighting Design: Kate Bonney
  • Musician - cello: Robert Irvine
  • Musician - piano: Laura McIntosh


  • ["Amanda Wilkin"]

    Recently Amanda performed in Hamlet with Shakespeare’s Globe, in a two-year international tour to every country in the world. Other theatre credits include: La Ronde (Bunker Theatre), Pilgrims (Theatre Clwyd/HighTide Festival/The Yard Theatre), Hamlet, Gabriel, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough & Birmingham REP); Arabian Nights (Watermill Theatre); The Bacchae, Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate); Marat/Sade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC); Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home (Nuffield Theatre) and The Twits (Dukes Theatre). Television includes: Doctors (BBC1) and Gavin and Stacey (BBC3 & Baby Cow Productions).

  • ["Angela Hardie"]

    Angela trained at Queen Margaret University. Theatre credits include:  Killing Brando (Oran Mor); The Cherry Orchard, The Elephant Man, A Christmas Carol, Equus, Sweeney Todd: The Musical and Shetown (Dundee Rep); Bolted (Scottish Opera/Aberdeen Sound); Spring Awakening (Grid Iron/Traverse Theatre); Calum’s Road, Ten Tales for Small People (NTS/Communicado); Killing Me Softly (New Wolsey Theatre); Cinderella (Macrobert Theatre, Stirling); A Christmas Carol (Royal Lyceum Theatre); Little Red Hen (Finborough Theatre) and, most recently, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh  – National and International Tour). Television includes appearances include Case Histories (Ruby Films/BBC 1); Pram Face (Little Comet/BBC3); Sirens (Daybreak Pictures/Ch4) and Scottish Killers (STV). Radio credits include A Firm Hand (BBC Radio Scotland). Workshops include Performance Masterclass with Punchdrunk Creatives ’17; The Tin Drum (Kneehigh); Passing Places and Losing Venice (Traverse Theatre).

  • ["Dani Heron"]

    Dani trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Recent theatre appearances include Jumpy (The Lyceum Edinburgh); The James Plays (National Theatre of Scotland); The Venetian Twins (The Lyceum Edinburgh); A Perfect Stroke (Oran Mor/Traverse Theatre); Chariots of Fire (West End); Aladdin (Eden Court Theatre); One Turbulent Ambassador (The Lyric Hammersmith); Merry Wives of Windsor (The Drill Hall, London); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Greenwich Theatre); Television appearances include Casualty (BBC). Film appearances include Skin Deep; I Am Me; Rat Trap.

  • ["Fletcher Mathers"]

    Fletcher trained at the Royal Scottish Academy for Music & Drama (RSAMD). Theatre credits include To Begin (National Theatre of Scotland), Slice (Oran Mor/Gilded Balloon), The Bookie (Cumbernauld Theatre), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Rapture Theatre), The Winter King (Tron/Limelight), Broken Glass (Rapture Theatre), Hamlet (Citizens Theatre), Macbeth (Mull Theatre), The Collection (Rapture Theatre), and Cinderella (Tron Theatre). Television credits include Shetland, City Lights, Dani’s House, Govan Ghost Story, Dr Finlay, and Taggart. Film credits include Do Not Disturb (2016).

  • ["Steven Miller"]

    Steven trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His previous work with the National Theatre of Scotland includes lead roles in The James Plays and Black Watch. Other theatre credits include No Way Back, Othello (Frantic Assembly), The Perfect Murder (national tour), The Blood Is Strong (Finborough), Lord Of The Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Fiddler On The Roof (Crucible, Sheffield), Long Short and Tall (Pleasance), Richard II (Old Vic), Cargo (Oval House) and Paradise Lost (Bristol Old Vic). His television credits include Casualty, Silent Witness, Father Brown, Coming Up, Our Girl, Holby City and The Bill. His film credits include A Christmas Carol, Drone Strike (short) and Twelfth Night. Steven is also a Motion Capture artist and a practitioner for Frantic Assembly theatre company.

  • ["Wendy Somerville"]

    Wendy trained at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Theatre credits include Wicked Stepsister, Cinderella – London Palladium, Ensemble/cover Jenny Diver, The Threepenny Opera, National Theatre, Alternate Mrs Wilkinson, Billy Elliot London, Female Authority Figure/cover Velma Von Tussle, Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre, London and UK and Ireland Tour),  Ensemble/cover Mrs Lovett and Beggar Woman, Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival and Adelphi Theatre, London),  Ensemble/cover Mme Thenardier, Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Zenobia, Writer’s Cramp (rehearsed reading at Saint-Saëns Festival), Lady Macbeth, Macbeth (Bitesize Theatre). Television credits include Billy Elliot the Musical Live (2014), Classical Brit Awards 2011, Royal Variety Performance and 25th Anniversary Concert 2010 – Les Misérables, Windsor – The Queen’s Castle – Les Misérables, Royal Variety Performance 2007 – Hairspray. Recording and radio credits include Sweeney Todd London 2012 cast recording, Michael Ball Past and Present, Les Misérables 21st Birthday Concert (BBC Radio 2) Mermaid Theatre, London.