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Observe The Sons Of Ulster
A co-production between Citizens Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse of Frank McGuinness’ iconic play about WWI
Those I belonged to, those I have not forgotten, the irreplaceable ones, they kept their nerve, and they died.
On 1 July 1916, the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Battle of the Somme.
One hundred years on, a major new co-production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director, Jeremy Herrin.
In the extraordinary circumstances of WWI, eight ordinary men are changed, changed utterly…
This iconic war play by Frank McGuinness is a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss.
What more have we to tell each other?
Citizens Theatre, Abbey Theatre Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Recommended for 12+
Please be aware strobe lighting effects will be used during this performance
Previews 20, 21, 23 & 24 May
Audio Described: 2 Jun, 7.30pm
Signed: 3 Jun, 7.30pm
Captioned: 4 Jun, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion: 31 May
Guide Dogs welcome
Writer - Frank McGuinness
Director - Jeremy Herrin
Set Designer - Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Designer - Niamh Lunny
Assistant Director - Bryony Shanahan
Lighting Design - Paul Keogan
Sound Design - Emma Laxton
Composer - Stephen Warbeck
CAST (in order of appearance)
Seán McGinley - Old Kenneth Pyper
Donal Gallery - Kenneth Pyper
Ryan Donaldson - David Craig
Iarla McGowan - John Millen
Chris McCurry - William Moore
Marcus Lamb - Christopher Roulston
Jonny Holden - Martin Crawford
Andy Kellegher - George Anderson
Paul Kennedy - Nat McIlwaine
“a deeply affecting production”The Telegraph★★★★★
“so powerful, so moving and so important.” The Reviews Hub★★★★★
“Herrin’s production has taken a genuinely brave piece of writing and made something that is both elegiac and heroic in every way.”
The Herald ★★★★
“rich, beautiful and compelling” The Scotsman ★★★★
“it measures up entirely to the epic historical scale and the immense poetic stature of McGuinness’s magnificent script.”The Sunday Herald
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Interview with Jeremy Herrin
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