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Timberlake Wertenbaker's marvellous, passionate play
Rarely has the redemptive, transcendental power of theatre been argued with such eloquence and passion
A moving and affirmative tribute to the transforming power of drama itself
Highly theatrical, often funny and at times dark and disturbing, it sets an infant civilisation on stage with clarity, economy and insight
Wertenbaker has searched history and found in it a humanistic lesson for hard modern times: rough, sombre, undogmatic and warm
The Sunday Times
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally
Australia, 1789. A boat full of murderers, thieves and marine officers arrive on a distant shore. There, an ambitious young lieutenant, Ralph Clark, is set the task of directing a cast of convicts in the Restoration comedy ‘The Recruiting Officer’ to celebrate the King’s birthday.
But with a dispirited cast, just two copies of the script, growing suspicion from his fellow officers, his leading lady facing the gallows, and his uncontrollable passion for one of the convict players, Ralph’s – and Australia’s – first theatre production is in trouble from the start.
A true story of the first convict colony, Our Country’s Good is an extraordinary play about the value of the theatre and the redemptive power of art. Max Stafford-Clark directed the world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in 1988. It transferred to the West End and Broadway, winning the Olivier Award for Play of the Year and the New York Drama Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. This brand new production is touring prior to a run at London’s new St James Theatre.
WINNER Olivier Award for Play of the Year and New York Critics Circlefor Best Foreign Play
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