First performed at the Howard Theatre, Cambridge, July 2017.

Ann Henning Jocelyn’s intriguing new play unfolds like a detective story, exploring the many mysteries surrounding the fate of the Boleyn family. Whilst thoroughly researched and historically accurate, the play is a character-driven drama focused on gender dynamics and as such timeless and universal.

The author’s interest in the subject stems from the discovery that she is married to a descendant of Lord Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn and, presumably, King Henry VIII. Decades of research opened up many unanswered questions, until finally an ancient tombstone found at an Irish Tudor castle provided the cue to a highly plausible scenario.

Her previous plays have been performed in various venues, at home and abroad, including the acclaimed West End production of Only Our Own: “…immensely powerful… it tackles a huge theme with dynamic artistry.” (Loyd Evans, The Spectator).

Hailed by London critics, Only Our Own follows three generations of an Anglo-Irish family finding a place for themselves in modern Ireland. The play pays tribute to the assimilation achieved today but is also a reminder that this did not happen lightly or overnight.

Looking back to the 1920s, when hundreds of stately homes were burnt to the ground and the owners' ancestral lands seized, the play explores the struggle of one family to survive - emotionally, culturally and socially - in a rapidly evolving political landscape.

Implicit in between the lines is also the story of Ireland. Reflecting an imposed social system that created many innocents victims, Only Our Own follows one nation’s journey from a highly polarized society to a modern integrated one, ready at last to rise above age-old bitter divisions.

On a personal level, the play explores the dilemma of living with or without a traumatic past; the inter-generational gap between people emotionally linked but faced with different life options; and, ultimately, the need to develop and adjust as the world changes around you.