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Second chance to see Winslow Boy at An Tain

Anne Campbell

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:20

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IF you didn't get to see the Theatre Workshop's stunning production of the Winslow Boy late last year, you have another opportunity next week to catch it at An Tain Theatre.

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IF you didn't get to see the Theatre Workshop's stunning production of the Winslow Boy late last year, you have another opportunity next week to catch it at An Tain Theatre.

The Terence Rattigan play, about a father battling the British establishment for justice for his teenage son, is directed by Fergus Mullen and the February 21 and 22 shows will be the last opportunity to see the high class production in the Town Hall before it embarks on a nationwide tour.

Actor Tim Ahern is mesmerising as Arthur, the father of young Navy cadet Ronnie Winslow who is accused of stealing a postal order from a colleague. What starts out as a relatively inconsequential incident ends up being discussed in the House of Commons and, later, in a high profile court case.

There is no shortage of talent in the Theatre Workshop production, both on and off the stage. The set design, by Tony Rice, captures the turn of the century perfectly and its intimate atmosphere allows the audience a peep inside the inner workings of this most upper middle class, but ordinary, of families.

Fergus said: 'The two nights next week are by way of prelude to the production going on tour, and hopefully, qualification for the All Ireland festival. I thought the first set of shows went very well and I think audiences really appreciated the effort that went into the production, from the acting to the clothes and set.

'For those who like Downtown Abbey, I think this ticked the boxes for them.

'This is a classic, well-made play that has everything from the high drama to comedy as well as the universal themes of justice and family loyalty.

'It is also about the sacrifice a family makes for their son and how far a father will go to stand up for him'.

Tickets are available for the shows from An Tain Theatre at 9392946. The show starts at 7.30 p.m. each night.

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