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Community Level 1roseolihome

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Sons of Ulster

AdvantagesA deep and moving play

DisadvantagesLong and slihtly cerebreal

"This is a play I did a number of years ago whilst still at school. The play takes revolves around the lives of 8 characters, Irish protestant in origin and examines their lives in the context of the Irish entry into the second world war. The play is divided into 4 sections Remembrance, Initiation, Pairings and Bonding. These titles as well as being literal expositions of the content of each scene, also evoke a great deal more; reflecting the change ..." Read review
22.05.2004

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Community Level 1cormacbrown

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A modern classic

AdvantagesOne of the most powerful plays of our time

DisadvantagesRelevance of subject may be lost with non- Northern Irish readers/viewers

"Coming from Northern Ireland, I found this play perhaps more relevant than one who doesn't understand the history aand the divide may. However, the themes that it deals with are universally relevant, such as war and its effects, sectarianism and ethnic divides, even homosexuality. The main character of the play is a Protestant Ulsterman called Pyper who we see at the beginning of the play as an old, decrepid man seemingly suffering from shell-shock ..." Read review
19.04.2005

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