Remembering loss in play based on a true story

(left to right) Kevin Wilson as Matthew Dodge, Maureen Sullivan as the Landlady and Olly Fry as Sean Bilton.
(left to right) Kevin Wilson as Matthew Dodge, Maureen Sullivan as the Landlady and Olly Fry as Sean Bilton.
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In Newport, Isle of Wight from this Sunday, past tragedy is the subject of a play being debuted at the Bargeman’s Rest.

My Boy is a new one-act play written by Matthew Dodge and Andrew Porter, both from Ventnor.

It is based on the real-life experiences of Matthew, whose son Sean Bilton died alongside his best friend Liam Dunn in a crash at Blackwater in 2003.

The venue of the play’s premiere has special significance.

Matthew says: ‘Sean was only 17 years old when he died. When his wake was held at The Bargeman’s Rest it was packed to the rafters. Many local people still remember him and Liam and the tragic accident that took place.’

It will be performed by Origins Theatre and stars Kevin Wilson as Matthew and Olly Fry as Sean.

Kevin says: ‘My Boy follows the story of a man who goes for a pint and meets a young man who looks exactly like his son, who had died several years ago in a road accident. The play is about whether it could really be him.’

The show runs from Sunday until Thursday, February 5.

Tickets on sale from The Bargeman’s Rest for £7.50 which includes a drink.

Limited capacity, tickets allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Call 01983 525 828 or visit bargemansrest.com