An Unforgettable Theatrical Journey with a Talented Cast

In the heart of Donegal, a theatrical masterpiece is taking shape as Amharclann Gweedore and Waterside Theatre join forces to bring the powerful play “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme” to life. This gripping production, made possible by the support of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), promises to be a stirring experience for audiences far and wide.

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Above: Author Frank McGuinness with director David Grant and members of the cast for Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Some. Left to right back row: Michael McChrystal, James Thompson, Andrew McCracken, Daniel Browne, Warren McCooke, Conor McIlroy-Sánchez. Front row: Patrick Quinn, Frank McGuinness, David Grant and Chris Grant.Not pictured: Shaun Byrne.

One of the standout features of this production is its talented and diverse cast. Let’s delve into the characters and the actors who breathe life into them:

PYPER – Older – Shaun Byrne
Shaun Byrne steps into the shoes of PYPER, the older, wiser character in the play. With his experience and skill, Byrne brings depth and nuance to this pivotal role, guiding the audience through the complex emotions of the character.

PYPER – Younger – Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn takes on the role of PYPER in his youth, bringing a youthful energy and enthusiasm to the character. Quinn’s portrayal captures the essence of PYPER’s journey as he grapples with the challenges of youth and wartime.

CRAIG – Michael McChrystal
Michael McChrystal embodies the character of CRAIG, offering a powerful and emotionally charged performance. His portrayal adds depth and authenticity to the narrative, making the audience feel the weight of the character’s experiences.

ANDERSON – Conor McIlroy-Sánchez
Conor McIlroy-Sánchez takes on the role of ANDERSON, bringing his unique talent to the production. His performance adds a layer of complexity to the character, making ANDERSON a memorable and relatable figure.

MCILWAINE – Chris Grant
Chris Grant steps into the shoes of MCILWAINE, delivering a captivating performance that resonates with the audience. His portrayal captures the essence of MCILWAINE’s character, making it a vital part of the story.

ROULSTON – Andrew McCracken
Andrew McCracken embodies the character of ROULSTON, infusing the role with depth and authenticity. His performance adds richness to the narrative, immersing the audience in the world of the play.

CRAWFORD – James Thompson
James Thompson takes on the role of CRAWFORD, delivering a compelling and emotionally charged performance. His portrayal brings out the nuances of the character, making CRAWFORD a central figure in the story.

MOORE – Daniel Browne
Daniel Browne steps into the character of MOORE, bringing his unique talent to the production. His performance adds depth and complexity to MOORE’s character, making it a memorable part of the play.

MILLEN – Warren McCooke
Warren McCooke embodies the character of MILLEN, offering a powerful and emotionally resonant performance. His portrayal adds depth and authenticity to MILLEN’s character, making it an integral part of the narrative.

The collaboration between these talented actors and the support of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) has resulted in a production that promises to be a tour de force in the world of theatre. “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme” is not just a play; it’s an immersive experience that will transport audiences into the heart of this compelling story.

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme can be seen at An Grianán Theatre on Sunday 24 September 2023 at 8pm. There is also a matinee performance at 10.30am on Monday 25 September. See here for more details.

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