What Makes Atticus Finch?

What Makes Atticus Finch?

Ahead of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' opening at the Octagon, we have a look at what goes into making the character of Atticus Finch.

Atticus Finch is the moral, reasonable lawyer in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus defends the wrongly accused Tom Robinson during a time of racial prejudice, and we follow his struggle to fight injustice through the eyes of his daughter, Scout.

He is the father of Jem and Scout Finch. He is, at first, a source of embarrassment to his children, but their opinions change of him as the story unfolds.

Atticus is:

  • Calm
  • Intelligent
  • Wise
  • Empathetic

Designer Amanda Stoodley and our wardrobe department have been looking at what kind of fabric Atticus's clothes are going to be made out of.

Atticus wears a suit, waistcoat and tie, in the style that was prominent in 1930's Deep South. His suits are made of earthy coloured material and could also have a pattern.

Our Stage Management team are busy sourcing the props for Atticus, including his glasses, his pocket watch and his briefcase.

"Before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself."

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

In the role of Atticus Finch is Rob Edwards.

Rob has performed at the Octagon many times, including in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Habeus Corpus, Noises Off and An Enemy of the People.

In this leading role, Rob is enjoying working with the young community actors who will be playing the roles of Scout, Jem and Dill. They bring a new energy to the rehearsal room, and seeing their opinions change helps Rob to understand the role of Atticus as a guiding, moral figure in more depth.