Borstal Boy (2003)
dramatisiation of Brendan Behan's book of the same name, following the
young Behan through the eyes of the older Behan on his abortive bombing
mission to Liverpool.
The early Dublin / Liverpool scenes were achieved using two trucked units in various configurations against black.
The main Walton Gaol set for act one was revealed behind this and various areas of the gaol portrayed by means of further trucked elements and props.
The first act concludes with a courtroom scene again with trucked elements in front of black.
A major change over during the interval involved flying the top storey of the gaol set and trucking the lower half to the upstage scene dock. This was replaced by a skycloth, foliage and wall to create the Borstal garden.
A large flown window piece was used to create the interiors of Refectory, Dormitory and Chapel with different dressing.
The production was revived five times in total at the Gaiety and was also performed in the Cork Opera House.
|Liverpool Boarding House
|Hollsley Bay Garden