Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Sommethe in Pittsburgh USA

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme Frank McGuinness


Pittsburgh Premiere
Directed by Matt Torney
September 4-20, 2014
Charity Randall Theatre

How strong is the bond between men united by the call to arms? Eight young men of Ulster, thrown together for army training during the Great War, must move beyond the troubles between Protestant and Catholic as they prepare for the Battle of the Somme. Frank McGuinness’ lyrical play captures the fierce friendship and loyalty among men who must face the wickedness and wastefulness of war.

f you enjoyed Band of Brothers, this World War I play will resonate with you. Appropriate for ages 12+.














O’Punksky’s inaugural production in 1990


this play has a significant for Irish immigrants in Australia at the turn of the decade in 1989 In late 1989 a random group of actors joined Maeliosa Stafford at The Crossroads Theatre in Darlinghurst to work together on a play.  The group had no name and very little money but Frank McGuinness’s play and Maeliosa’s direction created a powerful energy. The cast and a few friends sourced the uniforms, designed and built the set, designed the program and marketed the show. This was the beginning of a new wave of collective, independent theatre in Sydney.The success of the production and the thrill of the experience formed some creative relationships and real friendships that became the O’Punksky legend. The play became a hit in the Sydney Festival of 1990.
This is a fierce, compelling, and infinitely compassionate play – delivered with incisive clarity by director Maeliosa Stafford and his cast of nine men…. Stafford penetrates the raw heart of this play; exposes its wrath, its wit, (there are some very funny moments), its humanity…. every actor on the stage makes a vigorous, convincing contribution to this fine ensemble production…..    Pamela Payne SMH.

“That night there was a glorious sunset. The guns were silent for a while and I heard someone in the reserve trenches starting to sing ‘Abide with me’ then slowly, all down the line, the men took up the hymn.”
Private Robb – Mid Antrim Volunteers.



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