Johnny Mckinstry, a bright, clever boy in a tough working class neighborhood in Dundee, Scotland, dreams of becoming a great Shakespearean actor. With the encouragement of his mother, Mary, he helps at the theatre and becomes mentored by the young, dynamic Artistic director, James Elliott. The friendship creates havoc in the McKinstry family, where his father, Robert, wants Johnny to follow him as a joiner. This sets up a battle for Johnny’s future between the two men over the course of the summer of 1957, which alters the lives of Johnny, his three sisters and mother forever.
Executive Producers: Brian Cox, J. Dulin Jones