By Terence Rattigan. The Genesian Theatre (NSW). January 17 – February 14, 2015.
The Winslow Boy is based on an actual incident involving George Archer-Shee who was expelled from Osborne Naval College in 1908 for stealing a postal order from a fellow cadet, but who was eventually exonerated after a lengthy, and very political, struggle.
In Rattigan’s 1946 play, George Archer- Shee becomes Ronnie Winslow, a fourteen-year-old cadet accused of the theft of a five shilling postal order. An internal enquiry, conducted without informing his family, finds him guilty and his father is asked to withdraw him from the college.