The Marlowe
To Have To Shoot Irishmen
Almanac Arts presents

To Have To Shoot Irishmen

A play with songs about the 1916 Easter Rising.

“Could peace come after? After what? Who will we be?’”

Easter morning, 1916. Gunshots ring out in the Dublin streets.

In her suburban sitting room Hannah prepares for revolution.

While Frank walks through the crowds calling for peace, John walks through his nightmares of the trenches, sees a city soaked in blood.

18-year-old William fearfully reports to the barracks for duty, determined to serve the British army with honour. But can honour survive the chaos of conflict, and once unleashed can violence ever be contained?

Inspired by true events, this immersive production weaves movement and live folk song in to a stirring tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.

Written by Lizzie Nunnery who also wrote the award-winning Narvik.

Recommended 12yrs+


Supported by

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust, Arts Council England and Unity Theatre Trust.

To Have To Shoot Irishmen