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Before the First World War there had never been compulsory military service in Britain. The first Military Service Bill was passed into law in January 1916 following the failure of recruitment schemes to gain sufficient volunteers in 1914 and 1915.
There were approximately 16,000 British men on record as conscientious objectors
“captures the sense of ordinary lives enduring extraordinary circumstances…contentious, rousing.”
GERTRUDE FARR was 99 when she died and for most of her years she kept a shocking secret from even her closest family.
Her husband, Harry, was executed for cowardice during the First World War.
Now Gertrude’s struggle in the aftermath is being played out on stage in The 306: Day.
The Scotsman– Four Stars:
“although there have been many shows created in memory of the Great War over the past three years, I can’t recall one so possessed by the urgent sense that however much has changed, the world of these women is the same one we still inhabit today.”
“The music and song is sometimes almost overwhelming, the movement eloquent, the cast so fiercely committed to the story that they glow with a kind of angry incandescence.”
“Jemima Levick’s production is a beautifully conceived construction.”
“Intimate production that brings a vitality to stories of the women on the home front in the First World War.”
Playwright Oliver Emanuel and composer Gareth Williams discuss the process of creating music and lyrics from letters written by and to women during WW1 during the development of The 306: Day.
“What struck me about the first part,” says Levick, “was that it was about these vulnerable men, and the second is about strong women. In the first play, the men were led to their death, and were effectively shot after being led astray by the government. In part two, we
“A century ago, on a wet December evening in 1917, as the incessant slaughter and grinding hardships of the First World War were extracting an ever greater toll from the working-class families of Glasgow, groups of protesting women marched from Govan and Bridgeton, from Partick and Maryhill, carrying placards and
Our Producer Rebecca visited Glasgow Women’s Library last weekend to hear more about the characters in The 306:Day, their stories and the context for the experiences of women in WW1 from a panel including by feminist, historian and writer Dr Lesley Orr, the play’s writer Oliver Emanuel and composer Gareth Williams.
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