Tynecastle Park will play host to 'A War of Two Halves' during this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The year is 1914. Edinburgh’s Heart of Midlothian Football Club have won 19 of 21 matches and stand on the brink of becoming Scottish league champions. In a remarkable show of comradeship and courage, 13 of their players volunteer to serve together in McCrae’s Battalion destined to fight in France.
This is their story; an evocative and dramatic journey through Tynecastle Park led by the players/soldiers in a unique site-specific performance. Follow The Hearts from the football fields of Gorgie to the battlefields of the Somme.
Written by Paul Beeson & Tim Barrow, and featuring a cast of young Scottish actors, A War of Two Halves is directed by Bruce Strachan, Artistic Director of Nonsense Room Productions. He said:
“This is a truly iconic story and is absolutely synonymous with Edinburgh and Heart of Midlothian Football Club. It is an honour for us to bring this story to life. With 2018 marking 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, it is the perfect time to share the remarkable story of “the bravest team” for a new generation of fans.
"Every Hearts fan will have heard of McCrae’s Battalion – this is the chance to really understand their story. For a wider audience, the opportunity to experience a behind-the-scenes view of a football stadium with a dramatic re-telling of historical events will be a truly unique Fringe experience.”
Heart of Midlothian Football Club welcomes audiences to their stadium, the historic Tynecastle Park. Lianne Parry, Head of Heritage at Hearts FC, commented:
“It is absolutely fitting that in the year of the centenary of the Armistice, Tynecastle Park should host This is My Story’s production, A War of Two Halves. By telling the story that started with a rallying cry at our ground from Lieut-Col. Sir George McCrae, it pays homage to the footballers who volunteered to go to the front in 1914. Many paid the ultimate price for their country. Their memory will never be forgotten and is honoured throughout Tynecastle Park.
"This is a story that needs to be told to as broad an audience as possible. It takes on particular poignancy as it comes to life in the very ground the team left in 1914, with action taking place throughout the stadium. This unique “promenade performance” will undoubtedly be a standout piece in this year’s Fringe Festival and we would urge parents to consider bringing their children to experience this historically important production and to learn of the sacrifice of “the bravest team.”
A War Of Two Halves plays at Tynecastle Park from Thursday 2nd August to Sunday 19th August 2018, with shows beginning at 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm and 8:30pm daily (not Sat 11th).
Tickets are priced at £24 for adults and £20 for concessions and can be purchased by clicking here. Alternatively, tickets can be bought in person at the Hearts Ticket Office on McLeod Street (inside the Main Stand).
Fans of all football clubs are welcome and the production is suitable for ages 12 and upwards.
Aged 12-18? Take advantage of our Friday afternoon deal!
Friday afternoon showings will be priced at just £5 for 12-18 year-olds!
Hearts’ annual Family Fun Day takes place on Sunday, August 26th and promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Come along to Tynecastle Park on August 26th and enjoy a fun-filled day for all the family, including a special visit from the Hearts First Team Squad!
Attendees will also be able to take part in some great activities throughout the day.
The Family Fun Day includes:
Tickets: Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £1 for children can be purchased now via Hearts eTickets
*please note that attendees will be given match tickets in order to enter the stadium via the turnstiles, however will not be seated within the stadium*
Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day.
When? Sunday, August 26th. 12pm-4pm.
Where? Tynecastle Park, access via the Main Stand turnstiles, McLeod Street.
Tynecastle Park will play host to the biggest Soul, Motown and Disco hits as the Soul Kings take centre stage in the Gorgie Suite in October.
The Soul Kings, with their oversized wigs and wrap-around sunglasses, will perform the biggest hits from the 60s and 70s in an evening of unrivalled entertainment at Tynecastle.
The trio of singers specialise in paying homage to classic tunes, including Oh What a Night, Disco Inferno, Love Train, Blame it on the Boogie...plus a healthy dosage of Lionel Ritchie. Click here to watch a video of the Soul Kings in action!
Guests will receive a welcome drink upon arrival before sitting down for a sumptuous three course meal. The Soul Kings will then take to the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable show and a disco that will have everyone dancing into the early hours.
When? Saturday, October 6th
Where? The Gorgie Suite, Tynecastle Park
Tickets? Tickets are priced at £45 per person and include a welcome drink, three course dinner and top notch entertainment from the Soul Kings themselves!
A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sales Team on 0131 200 7244.
For the ultimate party night to remember, join us for our Christmas Jambo-ree.
Back by popular demand, the Christmas Jambo-ree returns to the award-winning Gorgie Suite at Tynecastle Park. Presented by Hearts' Mark Martin, a fantastic night of festive fun and dancing awaits. Arriving from 7:30pm to a sparkling wine drinks reception, you will enjoy a festive three course dinner in the famous Gorgie Suite, before an evening of music, games and giveaways.
• Sparkling wine on arrival
• Festive three course dinner with tea and coffee
• Festive novelties and crackers
• Resident DJ Denis Campbell will be on hand playing festive favourites
• Prize giveaways
• Cash bar available throughout the evening
Cream of spiced parsnip soup
Turkey and cranberry Ballentine served with roast fondant potatoes, Brussels sprouts, chestnuts and roast vegetables
Double chocolate tart with orange sorbet
*Guests with special dietary requirements can be fully catered for, however we ask that requests must be made no later than two weeks prior to the event"
Ticket cost: £35
Early bird offer! Book before October 1st 2018 and you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of bubbly on your table!
Contact the Events Team today on 0131 200 7240 open Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm
or email: Events@homplc.co.uk