To mark Armistice Day, the National Theatre of Scotland has released a new album of music from The 306 Trilogy – three productions surrounding the First World War.
Lost Light is the compilation of music from the trilogy, composed by Gareth Williams and lyrics by Oliver Emmanuel, commemorating the true story of the 306 British soldiers executed for cowardice and desertion during World War One.
Released today, the music of The 306 Trilogy captures the anguish of trench life, the pain of loss back home and the anger of being forgotten by future generations.
Written by Oliver Emmanuel, the three plays were co-produced with Perth Theatre and co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.
The first play of the trilogy, The 306: Dawn, premiered in the summer of 2016 and was performed in a cavernous barn in rural Perthshire. It was set around the events of the Battle of the Somme, marking the centenary of the Somme Offensive, and followed the story of three of the condemned soldiers.
Part two, The 306: Day, premiered in Perth’s historic Station Hotel in 2017, and charted the struggles of the women and families left behind on the home front, as well as their fight to be heard over the clamour of conflict.
The final part, The 306: Dusk, premiered in Perth Theatre in October 2018 and brings the trilogy into the modern day, exploring the depth of feeling around the First World War a century on from its conclusion, and how the trauma continues to haunt soldiers in the modern day.
Lost Light will be available to stream or buy through all major music streaming services and platforms from 11 November with CDs available through the National Theatre of Scotland website.
The album will also be shared as a free resource with schools and libraries across the country, as well as being made available to former soldiers and veteran organisations.
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