As readers of this blog are now aware my husband and I are massive fans of classic black and white movies.
Based on true events, The Winslow Boy is amongst my husband’s top five movies of all time. So tickets for this production made the perfect Christmas present for him. We also decided to try the pre-theatre menu at Marmalade situated in the Birmingham Rep.
Written by Terence Rattigan and set in 1910, The Winslow Boy tells the story of 14-year-old Ronnie Winslow a naval candidate. Accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order from a fellow student, Ronnie is expelled from Osbourne naval college, without being given the opportunity to defend his self against the allegation made against him.
Ronnie’s family fight a long running legal battle to clear his name, which leads them to the house of commons.
This touring production of the Winslow boy is directed by Olivier award nominated Rachel Kavanagh, who has created a stylish period drama, whose theme remains relevant today.
Set entirely in the sitting room of the Winslow house, Michael Taylor’s set and costume design immediately transport the viewer into the Edwardian era, offering a glimpse of upper middle-class life.
The chemistry between Aden Gillett and Tessa Peake as Arthur and Grace Winslow helps to create a believable relationship as two parents; each trying in their own way to cope, and do their best for each other and their family in a difficult situation.
Misha Butler making his professional stage debut as Ronnie Winslow created a character I liked and cared about.
The stand out performance for me was given by Dorothea Myer-Bennett. Her portrayal of Catherine Winslow as a strong, supportive young woman, who sacrificed personal happiness for her family stirred in me emotion and admiration.
Strong performances from the whole cast, make this production of The Winslow boy one worth seeing, as the audience waits to see “if right is done”.
The Winslow Boy runs at the rep from the 21st February until the 3rd March before continuing its national tour.
Theatretastic rating 4/5: