TUES­DAY 16.08.16

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Peter Craw­ley

THEATRE Ob­serve the Sons of Ul­ster March­ing To­wards the Somme The last dis­play of the Abbey’s 1916 com­mem­o­ra­tion pro­gramme, this multi-headed Cer­berus of a co-pro­duc­tion from the Abbey, Lon­don’s Head­long, Glas­gow’s Cit­i­zens Theatre and Liver­pool Every­man and Play­house The­atres has al­ready cov­ered more dis­tance than the far-flung char­ac­ters in Frank McGuin­ness’s 1985 play. Di­rected by Head­long’s renowned Jeremy Her­rin, its tour of duty be­gan back in May, in Glas­gow, and has wound its way through the UK (and Done­gal), to con­clude fi­nally in Dublin. Like the pro­duc­tion’s heroic de­tour to briefly per­form at the ac­tual Somme bat­tle­field – a huge ges­ture guar­an­teed to de­light any lit­er­al­ist who has missed the point of the play – there’s an ob­vi­ous sym­bol­ism in that jour­ney, but it’s hard to say it has paid off. To as­sert the Protes­tant ex­pe­ri­ence – the tragedy, sac­ri­fice and bel­ligerism be­hind an iden­tity – as an in­te­gral part of the Ire­land we have in­her­ited, is im­por­tant, just as it is im­por­tant to trace the ho­moso­cial and ho­mo­sex­ual in Ir­ish his­tory. But im­por­tance never makes for great theatre. Her­rin, a di­rec­tor rightly cel­e­brated for his bold imag­i­na­tion, seems sub­or­di­nate to a play now shoul­der­ing the dull ac­cre­tions of “clas­sic” sta­tus. It all makes for some­thing en­tirely ser­vice­able, ob­serv­able and for­get­table. ROCK White Denim White Denom are a band from Austin, Texas, in­flu­enced by prog rock, blues, psychedelia, jazz, soul and dub – ex­pect thrill-ride mu­sic that piv­ots around ex­per­i­men­tal jam­ming and an­gu­lar song struc­tures. Spe­cial guests are the slightly more serene, if not fra­grant, Ir­ish band Wyvern Lingo. TCL Some­thing of a scoop for Roscom­mon Arts Cen­tre. Renowned Mag­num pho­tog­ra­pher Martin Parr,

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