Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

  • From Saturday, 6 August 2016
  • To Saturday, 24 September 2016
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 2 hours 30 mins (inc. 20 min interval)

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

A major new co-production of this iconic war play by Frank McGuinness

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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, the Abbey Theatre presents a major new co-production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director, Jeremy Herrin.

This iconic war play by Frank McGuinness is a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss. In the extraordinary circumstances of World War 1, eight ordinary men are changed, changed utterly… What more have we to tell each other?

Booking details

6 August – 24 September (Preview 6 – 8 August) on the Abbey stage
Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €23

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 15 September, 7.30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 17 September, 2pm

Please note: This production contains strobe lighting

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme is a co-production with Headlong, Citizens Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

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Additional Videos

Production Imagery

Interview with director Jeremy Herrin

Frank McGuinness and Sean McGinely on RTE Radio 1

touring schedule

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