Frank McGuinness' lyric and evocative play, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, explores the forces of life, love, and death for a group of Irish Protestant Nationalists fighting in Europe during World War I. Resounding with comedy and camaraderie, eight men embark on a journey that will change their lives — and the lives of their fellow soldiers — forever. Nicholas Martin directs this groundbreaking work, cited as one of the "Top 100 plays of the 20th Century" by the Royal National Theatre.
"Arguably the finest antiwar play in contemporary theatre, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme is something I've wanted to direct for the past ten years. The characters are incredibly vital — they ultimately lead you to understand how love triumphs, even amid the specter of war and death. I invite all of you to come to the Huntington and observe yourself in this piece. You'll leave with a new understanding of the tenuous balance between fraternity, mortality, and survival."- Nicholas Martin, director