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OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Frank McGuinness 

  • Synopsis

    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.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    9

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
David Craig Lorcan Cranitch
Martin Crawford Michael James Ford
Kenneth Pyper (as an old man) Geoff Golden
Christopher Roulston Tom Hickey
Kenneth Pyper (as a young man) Bosco Hogan
William Moore Mark Lambert
George Anderson Oliver Maguire
Nat McIlwaine Ian McElhinney
John Millen Niall O'Brien(1)
Production Team  
Director Patrick Mason
Designer Frank Hallinan Flood
Lighting Tony Wakefield
Sound Jim Colgan
Design Assistant Lian Callaghan
Production Manager John Costigan
Stage Director Bill Hay
Stage Manager John Kells
Assistant Stage Manager Linda Collins
Props Master Stephen Molloy
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Wendy Asher
Wardrobe Assistant Lily Norton
Photography Fergus Bourke

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd

  • Address

    Waverly House, 7-12 Noel Street
    London W1F 8GQ
    England

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7287 4450

  • Fax

    + 44 (0)20 7287 9128

  • Email

    info@casarotto.co.uk

  • RIGHTS INFORMATION

    • Territory

      All Territories

    • Rights Type

      All Rights

    • Contact

      Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd

    • Address

      Waverly House, 7-12 Noel Street
      London W1F 8GQ
      England

    • Phone

      + 44 (0)20 7287 4450

    • Fax

      + 44 (0)20 7287 9128

    • Email

      info@casarotto.co.uk

    SOURCE OF INFORMATION

    The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.