Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

by  Frank McGuinness

Full Length Play, Drama  /  9m

"Depicts war so powerfully that audiences are seen leaving in almost complete silence...No question about it, this is one of the most important events of the New York theatrical season. The audience feels like it knows these men like sons or brothers…

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Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

by  Frank McGuinness

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Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

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A riveting memory play by the author of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me , this lyrical work follows a group of Irish Protestant volunteers from joining up until their slaughter on the fields of France during World War I. The play opens in 1969 with the only survivor addressing a soliloquy to his long dead comrades. The action jumps back to 1915 and the young men are seen as they meet, bond and face their bloody fate. Winner of a number of best play prizes in England and Ireland and a sensation at Lincoln Center in New York, the play explores the horror of war and the mystifying reasons why these misguided souls choose to march off to almost certain death.
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"A play of extraordinary depth of feeling and understanding." - Sunday Telegraph



  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Setting: Various simple interior and exterior settings
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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  • All Male


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