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The Winslow Boy

Justice Done to "The Winslow Boy"

by John Platt
Joan Marcus

My brief and undistinguished  stage career included a high school production of The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan’s 1946 play about Ronnie Winslow, a 14 year old boy expelled from a British naval academy for stealing a five shilling postal order and his family’s fight to prove his innocence. I played Ronnie’s ne’er do well older brother, Dickie. I remember I had to do the turkey trot while saying my lines (neither very well), and I had the classic exit line, “Oh, rot, father!”