Rutherford & Son by Githa Sowerby - Bartholomew Players (Eynsham)

30 November 2022 - 7:30pm - 3 December 2022 - 7:30pm

Bartholomew Players present: "Rutherford and Son” by Githa Sowerby Written and first staged in 1912, this play was a major success in London and New York. It bears comparison with the best works of George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen and D.H. Lawrence. In the play, John Rutherford, is the patriarchal owner of a northern glassworks whose world is crumbling. By ruling both factory and family with an iron will, he succeeds in alienating his family and they turn against him. Sowerby’s great gift was for capturing a world in transition. Rutherford’s domestic tyranny is challenged just as in society the idea of a predominantly male suffrage was under threat and feminism was emerging. By the end, it is two of the female characters who stand up to Rutherford and manage to forge their own path away from domestic oppression towards a more enlightened future. Sowerby also knew all about the working world she depicts. On the one hand, industry, symbolised by Rutherford, is seen as a monstrous god that requires human sacrifices. On the other, Sowerby reminds us this is a time of union militancy, new inventions and increasing American competition. It is that ability to pin down a moment of historic change that makes this play an important social document as well as a first-rate drama. Director Gareth Hammond says “I saw this play performed at Oxford Playhouse several years ago and was so impressed I have wanted to put it on ourselves ever since. It is a powerful play, drawing us in to a world gripped by the divisive issues of class, gender and generational conflict. Even today we can recognise societies where women are still second-class citizens, tolerance is alien and authoritarianism prevails.

” We will follow all Government guidance in place at the time of the performance regarding any COVID-19 safety measures – please check our website regularly for updates.

Venue: Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QW
Dates: Wed 30th Nov and Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd Dec 2022 Doors open: 7.00pm, Performance: 7.30pm
Price: £10.00 (no concessions) Available: online from, in advance from Denise Santilli, 07721 744020,, from Evenlode DIY in Eynsham or on the door