Dublin Theatre Festival


Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

By Frank McGuinness

Venue Abbey Theatre

Directed by Patrick Mason
Design by Joe Vanek
Lighting Design by Nick Chelton
Music by Shaun Davey
Cast includes Conor McDermottroe, David Parnell, Sean Campion, Gerard Byrne, Mark O'Regan, Stuart Graham and Clive Gerghty

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This powerful and subtle play follows the experience of eight men who volunteer to serve in the 36th (Ulster) Division in the beginning of the First World War. It reaches a climax at the start of the terrible battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916, the actual anniversary of the battle of the Boyne in 1690. The Somme, where the Ulster Divison suffered heavy casualties, has, like the Boyne, come to have a sacred place in the Loyalist Protestant mind, It marks the Union sealed in blood. It stands for the ultimate test of Ulster's loyalty; a blood sacrifice to match any made by the Irish nationalists.

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