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Our Country's Good

Written by: Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by: Richard Frampton and Giles Checkley
Performed: 21st-24th April 2004 at St. Anne's Hall, Wandsworth

Cast   Crew  

Captain Arthur Phillip, RN.........................
Major Robbie Ross, RM.............................
Captain David Collins, RM.........................
Captain Watkin Tench, RM.......................
Captain Jemmy Campbell, RM................
Reverend Johnson.....................................
Lieutenant George Johnston, RM...........
Lieutenant Will Dawes, RM......................
Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, RM......
Second Lieutenant William Faddy, RM..
Midshipman Harry Brewer, RN...............

An Aboriginal Australian

John Arscott................................................
Caesar...........................................................
Ketch Freeman...........................................
Robert Sideway...........................................
John Wisehammer....................................
Mary Brenham.............................................
Meg Long .....................................................
Dabby Bryant...............................................
Liz Morden....................................................
Duckling Smith............................................

Ian Pring
Jay Cunliffe
Daniel Comens
Benjamin Ellis
Stuart Butler
Sally Hudson
Rachel Tozer
Tracey Childs
Mike Ainsworth
Orna Joseph
Stuart Butler



Stuart Butler
Benjamin Ellis
Jay Cunliffe
Daniel Comens
Ian Pring
Sally Hudson
Rachel Tozer
Orna Joseph
Tracey Childs
Rachel Tozer

Producer..........................................
Stage Manager...............................
Lighting & Set Design....................

Lighting Operator
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Sound Design..................................
Sound Operator..............................
Costumes........................................
Make-up...........................................
Set Construction............................
Props.................................................
Front of House Manager...............
Catering Manager..........................
Special Thanks...............................

Emma Dhesi
Susan Jones
Richard Frampton &
Giles Checkley
Eamonn O’Reilly
Jay Cunliffe
Sara Stickland
Tracey Childs
Nici Huck & Tracey Childs
Paul Checkley & Members
Zoe Andrews
Mark Stannett
Diane Lane
Malsar Kest Catering
Wholesalers
Gradav Theatre Services
South London Theatre
The Brewers Inn

Synopsis

At the Sydney Cove penal colony in 1789, a young lieutenant directs rehearsals of the Restoration comedy "The Recruiting Officer", the first play ever to be staged in Australia. With only two copies of the text, a cast of convicts, opposition from sadistic officers, and one leading lady about to be hanged, the production is in trouble from the start...

Based on an historical incident and on Thomas Keneally's novel "The Playmaker", Timberlake Wertenbaker's inspirational play, despite it's historical setting, explores issues relevant to society today - along with the liberating effect that the prisoners' production has on those involved.

Now recognised as a modern classic, and an A-level set text, it was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 1988, winning the Laurence Olivier Award that year.

NODA Review

The company provided an enjoyable evening's entertainment telling the story of the difficulties facing both the convicts and the officers in the first Australian penal colony established in 1788. Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play is a powerful piece of drama depicting the attempts of The Governor to bring a degree of civilisation to the colony through the vehicle of a play to be performed by some of the convicts under the direction of one of his junior officers. [more]

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