Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme
Observe the Sons of Ulster re-enacted in Thiepval, France
Frank McGuinness's seminal play was performed in Thiepval near the Ulster Memorial Tower on the 29 June where the 36th Ulster Division engaged German Forces 100 years ago, with the loss of 2,000 lives. The 1985 play focuses on the experiences of eight Ulstermen who volunteer to serve in the division at the beginning of the war. The story is told in flashback from the viewpoint of the only survivor of the eight.
The play was performed before a bigger audience in Amiens on the 30 June.
This Irish-British production will now go on to perform in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Coleraine, Donegal and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
It is estimated that 50,000 Irish men were killed while serving in the British, Commonwealth or US armies during World War I. The Ulster Memorial Tower was the first official memorial to be erected on the Western Front and was dedicated on 19 November 1921. It is located opposite Thiepval Wood from where the 36th Ulster Division made its historic charge on the 1 July 1916
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme