Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme

Observe the sons posterby Frank McGuinness
Directed by Padraic McIntyre
Produced by NOMAD, in association with Living Dred
This play follows the experience of eight men who volunteer to serve in the 36th (Ulster) Division at 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 Division suffered heavy casualties, has, like the Boyne, come to have a sacred place in the Loyalist Protestant mind. It marks the Union sealed with blood. It stands for the ultimate test of Ulster’s loyalty; a blood-sacrifice to match any made by Irish nationalists.

Set and Costume Design: Maree Kearns

Lighting Design: Eamon Fox

Production Stage Manager: Martin Cahill

With: Ian Mclhinney, Marty Rea, Simon Boyle, Rory Nolan, John Cronin, Karl Quinn, Ciaran O’Brien, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Diarmaid Murtagh