Learning Resources

These learning resources are intended to build on themes covered in the production, and in the SQA National 5 and Higher courses (Historical Study: Scottish) ‘The Era of the Great War, 1900-1928’ and ‘The Impact of the Great War, 1914-18’. The resources are grouped by the four main content areas identified by each course, with learning materials covering key issues. Each content area includes short videos featuring experts discussing essential topics and introducing contested themes, with relevant excerpts from the stage show, and linked source extracts to help students analyse and contextualise historical sources, a specific skills focus of these units.

Far, Far from Ypres’ script and DVD

Far, Far from Ypres is an incredibly powerful production with a narrative that gives great insight into WW1 and its impact. The excerpts you see on this website are from the professional production which was performed in theatres around Scotland in autumn 2018. Ian McCalman, the show’s creator, encourages schools, youth and community groups to give their own performance. The script is freely available and can be used and altered to suit local productions, to include stories of local people or events which occurred during the First World War. This is an ideal cross-curricular project for schools which offers learning opportunities in History, English, Drama, and Music, at little or no cost.  Use of the script is free.  You can find out more at www.the-mccalmans.com/FarFarFromYpres_000.htm and you can purchase the DVD of the full production here: www.greentrax.com/music/product/far-far-from-ypres-cd-dvd


A very special thank you to everybody who made WWI: The Far, Far from Ypres Project possible, including:

Partners – WW100 Scotland, Poppyscotland, Great War Dundee (Dr Derek Patrick & Dr William Kenefick), Legion Scotland, Ian McCalman and the cast of Far, Far from Ypres.

Funders – Anonymous Trust, Creative Scotland, Dickson Minto, James Wood Bequest Fund, Leng Charitable Trust, Morton Charitable Trust [Dundee], Robertson Ness Trust, Tay Charitable Trust, The Barrack, Charitable Trust, The Clydesdale Bank, The David and June Gordon Memorial Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Maple Trust, The Mary Salmond Trust, Verden Sykes Trust, Walter Craig Charitable Trust and William S Phillips Fund.

Key contributors – Abertay University, Dr Ann Petrie, Group Captain Bob Kemp, Denise Dunlop, Education Scotland, Greentrax Recordings, Dr Iain Donald, Ian Green, John Anderson, Dr Michael Taylor, The National Library of Scotland, Neil McLennan, Sam Henry, Sarah Moyles, Tea and Type, Trevor Royle, Wav Lab and University of St Andrews.