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Just filmed by David Mamet, starring Nigel Hawthorne and Jeremy Northam, The Winslow Boy is based on the real-life court case of a young naval cadet unjustly accused of stealing a five shilling postal order. An eminent—and initially unsympathetic—QC takes on the case, and the boy has to withstand the full might of the Royal Naval Establishment seeking to discredit him....

Title : The Winslow Boy
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ISBN : 9781854594679
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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The Winslow Boy Reviews

  • Werner
    2019-02-15 02:52

    In 1908, a British boy of about 14, George Archer Shee [a double last name, and pronounced "Shay"], from a respectable but not rich family, was expelled from the Osborne Naval College after being falsely accused of stealing a five-shilling postal money order from a fellow cadet. (The administrators assumed his guilt and made no real attempt to investigate.) He and his family maintained his innocence, convinced one of England's leading lawyers to take the case, and brought suit against the Admiralty for redress (an uphill battle from the start, since agencies of the British government could not be sued in British courts without their own consent!). Four days into what became a high-profile trial, the Crown counsel conceded George's innocence. (Sadly, young George lived to be only 19, dying in World War I at the first battle of Ypres.)Acclaimed 20th-century British playwright Terence Rattigan took this real-life incident as the basis for this play, changing the names of the people involved (George Archer Shee becomes Ronnie Winslow, for instance), and changing some details, some character's ages, etc., and fictionalizing some plot lines, but keeping the essential premise intact. The result is a very powerful and engrossing drama, set against the background of the Edwardian era with its strict social conventions and its almost-vanished codes of personal integrity and honor. It's a David vs. Goliath tale, with messages about the value of truth and defending one's good name, about justice and fairness in the way people are treated by those in power, about family loyalty, moral courage, and willingness to sacrifice in a good cause. Rattigan doesn't give us the courtroom scenes here, focusing instead on the family relationships and interpersonal dynamics of the characters. Two of the latter who stand out the most are Ronnie's older sister Catherine, a suffragette and social rule-breaker with a heart for justice, and staid conservative legal titan (and opponent of women's suffrage, from his seat in Parliament) Sir Robert Morton. (view spoiler)[Except for a mutual dedication to justice, they're opposites from the get-go (and you know the old saying about opposites.... :-) ). (hide spoiler)]This was required reading in my English class in the spring semester of my sophomore year in high school, and it's stayed with me ever since (though I'd forgotten the author's name and title until recently). It's been filmed several times; I've never been fortunate enough to see any of those productions (nor any live one), but I'd really like to see the 1990 TV movie version with Emma Thompson as Catherine!Since I haven't read or watched any of Rattigan's other plays, I can't say how typical this one is of his output. On the strength of this work alone, though, I'd say he deserves a place in the history of the English theater of the 20th century. This is a work that stands out, especially in its beacon-like moral clarity, in contrast to the bleak nihilism of so much English-language drama in the later 20th century. To my chagrin, I've discovered that Rattigan is largely (or maybe completely!) unrepresented in Bluefield College's library collection. That's a gap I'm definitely going to remedy!)

  • Linda Hart
    2019-01-31 01:45

    This excellent stage play is based on an actual incident in the Edwardian era, which took place at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, England. Before he took the case, the barrister who was to represent him subjected the boy to questioning to test his story, only accepting once he had satisfied himself of the boy's innocence.The theme of the lawsuit was "Let Right be Done" which recognizes the operative principle that what is legal does not mean it is right.If Sir Robert Morton were to appear in the courts today I wonder if his ringing cry for right would move the hardened hearts of the justice system. Favorite quote(s):Sir Robert Morton“I have a point of order, Mr. Speaker. . . I will not yield. . .You shall not side with the great against the powerless. . . Have you heard those words, gentlemen? Do you recognize their source? From that same source I add this injunction. It is this: what you do to the least of them you do to me.”

  • Laura
    2019-02-12 01:00

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:"It is easy to do justice - very hard to do right".Let Right Be Done. A father battles to prove the innocence of his son, accused of stealing a postal order at his Edwardian naval college. His stubborn quest sparks reverberations at the House of Commons.Stars Michael Aldridge as Arthur Winslow, Pauline Letts as Grace Winslow, Sarah Badel as Catherine Winslow, MichaeI Maloney as Dickie Winslow, John McAndrew as Ronnie Winslow and Nicholas Courtney as the Attorney-General.Adapted from Terence Rattigan's stage and TV scripts and directed by Ian CotterellFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1986.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-17 21:54

    Script, and Film and radio play

  • zeinab
    2019-02-01 19:45

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  • Victoria Sethunya
    2019-02-05 19:43

    I was about 13 when I read The Winslow Boy. Ever since then the courthouse is a dreadful place, and I believe it was from the fear that I developed as I went through various motions with the young Winslow. Great read for all ages.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-08 01:47

    Excerpt -- Best. Repartee. Ever.CATHERINEFather, I've been a fool.ARTHURHave you, my dear?CATHERINEAn utter fool.ARTHURIn default of further information, I can only repeat: Have you, my dear?CATHERINEThere can be no further information. I'm under a pledge of secrecy.

  • Hannah
    2019-02-17 03:01

    I really enjoyed reading this play! The story was interesting and filled with witty dialogue, a strong cast of characters, an interesting and thought provoking subject and all in a relatively short script.

  • Jeff Yoak
    2019-01-25 03:06

    A great, short read.

  • Imohamad
    2019-02-12 01:04

    It was an interesting book showing the legnths family members go for each other.

  • Daisy Leather
    2019-02-12 03:54

    What a beautiful play about family, loyalty and sacrifice. It made me cry a number of times throughout. Catherine is an amazing woman - strong minded, powerful, self assured, confident, and yet feels so deeply without letting her emotions take over or cloud her judgement. And I wish I had an Arthur in my life to advocate for me as he does for Ronnie. Even the sacrifice Sir Robert makes is entirely unexpected and yet so touching, for a case that could be considered so trivial but for the purpose of it simply being RIGHT. Love love loved it.

  • abhitastic7
    2019-02-04 23:55

    I don't have many words for this. I'm actually speechless. With this book, we get an insight in how people lived during those times, and what happens to a boy living during that time. It's beautiful.

  • Jack Gardner
    2019-01-29 03:41

    Justice Be Done Great play and both movies. Entertaining on the issue of justice. Is it truly in the public interest to sacrifice individual rights on occasion in the name of public good? "Let right be done."

  • Ellie
    2019-02-21 19:39

    Apparently this was meant to be really revolutionary when it was first performed but I don’t think it’s stood the test of time. I even went to see a performance last night and I still found it pretty boring

  • Julieta Ninno
    2019-02-08 22:06

    PUNTUACIÓN: 2.5 estrellas

  • Sinead Sukerta
    2019-01-30 22:01

    i did this for school. i love catherine.

  • James
    2019-02-10 02:52

    Premiered in 1946, The Winslow Boy is based on an actual incident, in which fourteen-year-old Ronnie Winslow (John McAndrew) is falsely accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order, and expelled from the Royal Naval College. Eventually his name is cleared, but only after the intervention of eminent QC Sir Robert Morton (Aubrey Woods), who takes the case to the House of Commons and the High Court. The play celebrates the Winslow family's fight for justice, as they are prepared to sacrifice everything, both materially and emotionally. Arthur Winslow (Michael Aldridge) puts his own health at risk, while daughter Kate (Sarah Badel) gives up on a prosperous marriage. Ronnie is the subject of the entire case and he tries to live a normal life midst the extraordinary circumstances taking place around him. It was clear he would rather spend a afternoon at the local cinema rather than go to court. It is through the character of Ronnie that the reader can reflect on the merits of the case: did the Winslows do the right thing by pursuing it to its farthest extent, or would they have been better off abandoning the whole thing?

  • Lauren
    2019-02-19 02:01

    I’m having to pace myself on Terence Rattigan’s plays, because, after reading my first one earlier this summer, I want to devour his entire oeuvre immediately. As it is, I’m trying to limit myself to one play a month (although that play is usually read in one sitting).The Winslow Boy did not help my fascination. If anything, it made it worse. Centering on a comfortable if not wealthy British family in the years before WWI, the play opens with the cosseted younger son expelled from school for a crime he claims he did not commit. His father believes him and sets about clearing the boy’s name, no matter the cost. The action takes place entirely in the family’s sitting room and, similar to The Deep Blue Sea, which took place over the course of one day, I loved the intimacy the limitation creates.The play’s central theme is the cost of justice. As an audience, we love the stories of big court cases and David-over-Goliath victories, but so few of those stories ever ask, in a meaningful way, what happens behind the curtain. That’s the focus of this play, and it makes for absorbing (and at times uncomfortable) narrative. Highly recommended.

  • Elisabeth
    2019-02-09 23:42

    I remember seeing the 1999 film version of The Winslow Boy some years back and liking it, but for some reason reading the original play impressed me even more, though the film was a faithful adaptation. Perhaps it's the structure of the play that's more dramatic, or perhaps there's simply more to it that I didn't recall from the film. The characters and the pre-WWI setting are alive on the page, the play itself an absorbing and thought-provoking study of justice and the cost of standing for conviction. Not in sympathy with the feminist angle of Kate's character, but the story does not deal so much with her opinions as it does with the way they affect her relationships/conflicts with other characters. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and I couldn't help wondering what it would be like to see it performed on stage.

  • Angela
    2019-02-15 23:47

    This is a great play - I love the family interactions throughout the story. The subtleness of the character study may make the plot seem a bit slow, but the point of the play is the people, not the action. It has a great message, but without being heavy-handed about it.FYI - David Mamet's movie is a fantastic version, and stays very true to Rattigan's play. Definitely worth checking out if you enjoyed reading the original.

  • ems
    2019-01-23 01:43

    so glad this wasn't the book i thought i was reading. after the first 10 pgs or so i was settling in for a moby dick-type plot, family is destroyed by father's quest for justice blah blah. i kept thinking, why can't this be about kate instead. and then it kind of was. and then i thought, she needs to lose that fiance and go into politics herself. AND SHE DID. this almost never happens. i'm so happy.

  • Hriday
    2019-01-23 22:47

    The stress of taking up a book reading challenge is a bit too much!The stress got to me so much that last night it came to me in a dream that this book had been prescribed in school and i had read it! I am fudging the date so as to keep up with my challenge. :PA faint memory of it being a nice readable read is all that persists

  • David
    2019-02-05 20:57

    Who knew that justice at a military school for boys could be arbitrary?The expositional telephone conversation at the start of the last scene was pretty bad. Sort of: "Hello? Yes? The same, five months later? A stifling hot afternoon in June – nearly two years less one month since the boy's dismissal from Osborne?"

  • Karen S
    2019-01-29 23:44

    Suggested by a friend; found it 'veddy British'. I could hardly find the love story, it was so restrained. As a whole, though, rather like a bonsai: small and perfect. Then saw movie, directed by David Mamet (fast, furious, frequently foul-mouthed American!!!), and it was also lovely and also restrained. Four stars to each!

  • Catherine
    2019-02-08 20:49

    I was made to read this at school, I don't know why because it had no relevance in the 1980s. I suspect it had been put on my school's reading list when it was first published and no-one ever thought to remove it. Besides which it's grim and boring. I hope modern children don't have to endure the same experience.

  • Dominyka
    2019-01-25 04:08

    I've really enjoyed this Rattigan's play! He touched so many issues and relationships between man and woman or parents and children, sacrifices for justice. Also such a inspiring and strong characters! Story filled with so many emotions! The interesting reading indeed.

  • Adam
    2019-02-21 20:06

    Interesting pre WW1 drama about a boy accused of stealing a postal order and his fathers campaign for justice. Compelling story but could have made more of the supporting characters side stories and the knock onn effect of the case other than the father and son :)

  • Evangeline
    2019-01-28 02:59

    Was it just my imagination or did my Standard Grade English teacher really pick this drama about a stolen five-shilling postal order over Shakespeare??

  • Gloria
    2019-02-04 02:41

    So similar, and yet different, from the movie.

  • Alias Reader
    2019-01-26 23:00

    Rate 3+ Read the play. Also saw it at Roundabout Theater.