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About The Winslow Boy

22nd to 29th April 2006

  • Genre: Drama

  • Playwright: Terrence Rattigan

  • Directed and Designed: Julian Oldfield

Cast

DYLAN SHALLESS

Ronnie Winslow

FAY SCETRINE

Violet

JOHN BOLGER

Arthur Winslow

CATH TAYLOR

Grace Winslow

MARY-ROSE MCLAREN

Catherine Winslow

JEZ CONSTABLE

Dickie Winslow

MARTIN MCGETTIGAN

John Watherstone

DAVID NOGA

Desmond Curry

LESLEY HALE

Miss Barnes

GARY HUNT

Fred

MATT NOBLE

Sir Robert Morton

Crew

  • Stage Manager
    Katrina Hill
  • Crew
    Kate Peachey & Gary Hunt
  • Lighting
    Tegan Allen & Kara Krusche
  • Sound Recording
    Michael Zala
  • Uniform
    Lynne Muller
  • Costume Supervision
    Leanne Westblade
  • Graphic design
    Peter Freund
  • Photography
    Gary Hunt

Performance Gallery

Reviews

REVIEWER - GARY WEST

COMPELLING PLAY MOSTLY GETS IT RIGHT

Terence Rattigan's classic Edwardian play is a compelling and heart-warming story of a family which places more faith in their child than the governmental ruling system of the day. Based on a true story that occurred in 1911, Julian Oldfield's excellent production opened last night.

The Winslow Boy is a young naval cadet expelled from the Osborne Naval College for stealing a postal order. His father, Arthur Winslow, a banker and prominent member of society, sacrifices everything in order to seek justice and to prove his son's innocence.

Arthur, with the help of his daughter, Catherine, employs Sir Robert Morton a Powerful lawyer, to prove his son's innocence. Robert's slogan, "let right be done", becomes the central theme of play.

We see the family tangle with the British Navy, demand the right to sue the crown and even force a full debate in the House of Commons, all over five shillings. What the family is really fighting for is their honour and their right to a fair trial under British law.

Arthur Winslow is Played by John Bolger, who presents the paternal character as humble, but stubborn in his determination, and who believably withers away physically during the course of the Play. Dylan Shalless is Ronnie the Young Winslow in question. Catherine Taylor is the nurturing matriarch Grace Winslow. Her progression from cool dignity to emotionally frayed serves as the prism for the family's experience. Mary-Rose McLaren as the feminist daughter Catherine is pivotal to the story and delivers an outstanding performance. The play works on many levels, not least the way this traditional British family is torn apart by the emotional and financial pressure of fighting a seemingly impossible case, but also revealing the courage in the pursuit of truth and honour. Apart from a few flaws in the storyline this excellent National Theatre production is well worth seeing.