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“Mockingbirds… sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
by Christopher Sergel
based on the novel by
Directed by Damian Cruden
Starring Duncan Preston as Atticus Finch
This most beloved and widely read Pulitzer Prize winner, now in it’s 50th year of publication, tells the extraordinary and unforgettable story of life in the American Deep South through the inquiring eyes of a child.
Brother and sister Jem and Scout Finch are growing up during the 1930s depression but their idyllic childhood innocence is shattered with the realisation that bigotry and prejudice rule in their small town of Maycomb, Alabama. When their father Atticus defends a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman, the whole family become the target of gossip and abuse.
Set in America’s scorching Deep South at a time when racial tensions were at an all time high, the challenging and uncomfortable issues this classic addresses are as relevant today as they were when the book was first written.
Following his critically acclaimed performance in The Touring Consortium’s 2007 production of To Kill A Mockingbird, Duncan Preston is recreating his role as the iconic lawyer Atticus Finch. Duncan is probably best known for his recent appearance in Emmerdale, as well as the hugely popular tv series Dinner Ladies and Surgical Spirit and his starring role in the award winning musical Acorn Antiques with Victoria Wood.
“Damian Cruden’s coolly stylish production condenses into terse, taut brilliance.”
“the second [act] is every bit worthy of the celebrated theatrical decree — spellbinding … compelling …. a powerful story very well told.”
“Duncan Preston … brings a powerful moral force to the part”
“Expectations are always high when ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is on stage because there is so much affection for the book. This staging will not disappoint.”
“Cruden’s direction created a wonderful and thought provoking evening of theatre”
‘Duncan Preston is outstanding as Atticus’
The Guardian on the The Touring Consortium’s 2007 production of To Kill a Mockingbird
‘Preston’s towering performance as Atticus’
Yorkshire Post (2007 production)
THE ONE THING THAT DOESN’T ABIDE BY MAJORITY RULE IS A PERSON’S CONSCIENCE” Atticus Finch