A War of Two Halves *Sold Out*

  • 2nd November 2018 - 11th November 2018
  • 13:00 - 20:30
  • Tynecastle Park
  • Tickets £24 for adults & £20 for concessions

After a hugely successful run during this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ‘A War of Two Halves’ returns to Tynecastle Park.

The remarkable story of the Hearts team that went to war will come to life once again this November.

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.”


A War Of Two Halves returns to Tynecastle Park this November from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 11th.

Tickets are priced at £24 for adults and £20 for concessions and can be purchased by clicking here.

Fans of all football clubs are welcome and the production is suitable for ages 12 and upwards. 

Friday, November 2nd: 6pm & 8:30pm

Saturday, November 3rd: 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm & 8:30pm

Sunday, November 4th: 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm & 8:30pm

Tuesday, November 6th: 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm & 8:30pm

Wednesday, November 7th: 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm & 8:30pm

Thursday, November 8th: 6pm & 8:30pm

Friday, Novemeber 9th: 6pm & 8:30pm

Sunday, November 11th: 6pm & 8:30pm

 “I think anyone will struggle to see a more hard hitting and outstandingly performed show… The cleverness of how the show moves around the stadium and makes the performance so immersive Is truly special”

“The superb cast are engaging from the start. It remains, even for those who know the outcome, a tough and emotional watch however, and I'm sure there were more than me that were moved to tears at the end.”

“…One of the most unique and memorable plays that I’ve seen for years. Imaginatively staged, extremely talented and committed actors and that had us engaged right from the start.