"This powerful and subtle play...follows the experience of eight men who volunteer to serve in the 36th (Ulster) Division at the beginning of the First World War. It reaches a climax at the start of the terrible battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916, the actual anniversary of the battle of the Boyne in 1690. The Somme, where the Ulster Division suffered heavy casualties, has, like the Boyne, come to have a sacred place in the Loyalist Protestant mind. It marks the Union sealed with blood. It stands for the ultimate test of Ulster's loyalty; a blood-sacrifice to match any made by the Irish nationalists."--"Times Literary Supplement"
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness is, according to the Times Literary Supplement, a 'powerful and subtle play', and was revived by the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1994, as part of an acknowledgement of the Irish peace process.