To Have To Shoot Irishmen


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: 1h10m

Part of our mini-season of Irish work.

Don’t miss this ★★★★ hit production – “Tumbling poetry and lively dialogue power Lizzie Nunnery’s dynamic song-led show set during the Easter Rising” – The Guardian

UK Theatre Award-winning playwright Lizzie Nunnery presents this national debut.

‘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.

Bonus Events

‘There’s more to truth than facts’ Telling new stories about Ireland’s past and future
*Post-show Q&A on Sunday 14th October with Marie McCarthy (Artistic Director of Omnibus Theatre) and members of the companies of To Have To Shoot Irishmen and Quietly. Chaired by author and Goldsmiths lecturer Ben Levitas.

Our Common Room serves seasonal dishes inspired by our theatre season, perfect for a pre or post theatre bite→


Special Irish Season Offer

Buy tickets for To Have To Shoot Irishmen and Quietly on the same night* to enjoy a double bill discount!

Standard: £28 (from £32)
Concession: £22 (from £26)

*Only available in the same purchase online.

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


“Tumbling poetry, lively dialogue and haunting song. Not a syllable or beat is wasted.”

The Guardian


“An evocative slice of history layered with original folk songs and heartfelt performance.”

The Stage


“Emotionally charged performances and a narrative that remains painfully relevant today.​”

Stage Review


“The actors take Lizzie Nunnery’s colourful, vivid script and bring such heart to a very affecting piece.”

The Spy in the Stalls

To Have To Shoot Irishmen | Rehearsal Gallery

To Have To Shoot Irishmen | Trailer

The Yellow Wallpaper | Opening Night



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