(Mark Brown’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 5/31.)

This, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, is a timely moment for Headlong theatre company to present this exceptional revival of Frank McGuinness’s iconic 1985 play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. Just as theEaster Rising in Dublin in 1916 was a historic juncture in the shaping of Irish Republican politics, so the Battle of the Somme was  formative in the evolution of its rival tradition, Ulster Loyalism.


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