Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme tours UK Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme ar camchuairt sa Ríocht Aontaithe


The Abbey Theatre’s production of Frank McGuinness’ unrivalled 1985 war play tours the UK this month.

Tabharfaidh léiriú Amharclann na Mainistreach ar dhráma cogaidh Frank Mc Guinness 1985 nach bhfuil a shárú ar fáil camchuairt ar an Ríocht Aontaithe an mhí seo.

'Those I belonged to, those I have not forgotten, the irreplaceable ones, they kept their nerve, and they died.'

On July 1st 1916, a mere two months after the Rising, the 36th Ulster Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history: the Battle of the Somme.

One hundred years on from the most indelible battle of World War I, 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.

In the extraordinary circumstances of World War I, eight ordinary men are utterly changed as their division fights in the terrible Battle of the Somme on July 1st 1916, the same date on which the Battle of the Boyne took place 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.

This iconic war play by Donegal’s Frank McGuinness, made its debut at the Abbey’s Peacock Stage in 1985 and remains a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss.

The tour includes dates at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Liverpool Playhouse and Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, before returning to the Abbey this August. 

Find out more about the play here.

'Those I belonged to, those I have not forgotten, the irreplaceable ones, they kept their nerve, and they died.'

Ar an 1 Iúil 1916, díreach dhá mhí i ndiaidh an Éirí Amach, bhí 36ú Rannán Uladh páirteach i gceann de na cathanna b’fhuiltí i stair an chine dhaonna: Cath Somme.

Céad bliain i ndiaidh an chatha ba dhoscriosta sa Chéad Chogadh Domhanda, cuireann Amharclann na Mainistreach comhléiriú ollmhór nua de Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme ar stáitse faoi stiúir Stiúrthóir Ealaíonta Headlong, Jeremy Herrin.

In imthosca neamhghnácha an Chéad Chogaidh Dhomhanda, tagann athrú amach is amach ar ochtar gnáthfhear tráth ar throid a rannán i gCath uafásach an Somme an 1 Iúil 1916, an dáta céanna ar ar tharla Cath na Bóinne i 1690. Tá an Somme, áit ar maraíodh go leor d’fhir Rannán Uladh, ach an oiread le Cath na Bóinne, anois i gcroí mhuintir Phrotastúnach na nDílseoirí. Is comóradh é den Aontas faoi bhratach fola. Léiríonn sé an tástáil bhunúsach ar dhílseacht Uladh; íobairt fola ar aon dul le haon cheann a rinne náisiúnaigh na hÉireann.

Rinneadh an chéad léiriú ar an dráma cogaidh suaitheanta le Frank McGuinness as Dún na nGall i 1985 ar Stáitse Amharclann na Péacóige agus tugann sé léiriú cumhachtach fós ar an mbás, ar an ngrá agus ar chailliúint.

Áirítear leis an gcamchuairt dátaí in Citizens Theatre, i nGlaschú, in Liverpool Playhouse agus sa Lyric Theatre i mBéal Feirste, sula bhfillfidh an dráma ar Amharclann na Mainistreach i mí Lúnasa. 

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