The Winslow Boy

By Terence Rattigan

Synopsis:

“An injustice has been done. I am going to set it right, and there is no sacrifice in the world I am not prepared to make in order to do so.”
(Arthur Winslow)

It is 1912, The Great War is only two years away, and the might and authority of the British Royal Navy seems unquestionable. But when a 14 year old cadet, Ronnie Winslow, is dismissed from the Service for theft, his family resolve to challenge his sentence and prove his innocence. What follows is a seemingly hopeless battle with the government of the time. Arthur Winslow resolves to “let right be done” and secure a pardon for his son, whatever the cost. It is a battle that will test the strength and loyalty of Arthur Winslow’s family and friends and overturn the very foundations of the state’s right to govern unchallenged.

Based on the true-life story of the Archer-Shee family, The Winslow Boy throws a revealing spotlight on the early 20th Century struggles in this country for individual freedom and portrays an era characterised by the repressed manners of a dying aristocracy. Rattigan’s pacifism and his often-overlooked socialist sympathies inform this challenging play, and with his much admired command of the dramatic form, he layers a gripping story with pathos, tension and a very British understated humour.

In this beautifully crafted story, the Next Stage cast is headed by Tim Evans, fresh from his tour de force as Rooster Byron in the company’s recent production of Jerusalem, and features Ben Armstrong as Ronnie Winslow.

Set in the round, The Winslow Boy offers a passionate, tense and gripping portrait of a nation and family in turmoil with itself.

With grateful thanks to this show's Angels

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The Winslow Boy
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in May 2012.

Director/s | Cast:

Tim West

Tim West

Director

David Gosling

David Gosling

Arthur Winslow

Kay Francksen

Kay Francksen

Grace Winslow

Tom Ash-Miles

Tom Ash-Miles

Dickie Winslow

Yvonne Paulley

Yvonne Paulley

Catherine Winslow

Ronnie Winslow

Tim Evans

Tim Evans

Sir Robert Morton

Jane Lawson

Jane Lawson

Violet

Miss Barnes

Tim West

Tim West

John Watherstone

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Desmond Curry

Review/s of The Winslow Boy:

Review 1: Bath Chronicle Review

The opening night of The Winslow Boy was a triumph for the company with excellent performances from a cast that breathed new life into an Edwardian court case. Terence Rattigan's play is based on the true story of a naval cadet's fight to clear his name after being accused of theft in a case that to this day remains famous in English law. Far from being a dry and dusty legal drama Rattigan's wry examination…click here to read the whole review.

By Jackie Chappell, Bath Chronicle

Review 2: Rattigan’s script bursts with social wit and cynicism

This timeless classic by Terence Rattigan based on the true story of George Archer – Shee, a naval cadet is no doubt well known amongst avid theatre goers. It was a ground breaking case whereby an individual won the right for a citizen to challenge the Crown and sue for damages in an open court and in this dramatisation the focus is on the human cost of such an exercise in Edwardian Britain. Bound…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield, NOWBath

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