To Have To Shoot

To Have To Shoot Irishmen

2 - 20 Oct 2018
Press night: 4 October

7pm & 4pm

£16 adults & £13 concessions

Unreserved seating

Age recommendation: 12+
Duration: 90m

Part of our mini-season of Irish work.

‘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 Hanna prepares for revolution.

While Frank walks through the crowds calling for peace, John walks through his nightmares of the trenches and 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 absorbing production weaves movement and live folk song into a stirring tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.


Supported by Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust
Script originally commissioned by Druid Theatre


“A thrillingly theatrical encapsulation of a little-known theatre of war” on Narvik by Lizzie Nunnery (Winner of Best New Play, UK Theatre Awards 2017)

The Guardian


“A spellbinding tale of love and loss” on Narvik by Lizzie Nunnery (Winner of Best New Play, UK Theatre Awards 2017)

The Stage



Gerard Kearns


Elinor Lawless


Robbie O'Neill


Russell Richardson

Production Team


Gemma Kerr


Lizzie Nunnery


Rachael Rooney

Lighting Designer

Richard Owen

Original Music

Vidar Norheim and Lizzie Nunnery

Sound Design

Vidar Norheim

Assistant Director

Chantel Walker

Associate Producer

Claire Bigley


Lindsay Rodden