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Our Country’s Good

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes (including a 20 minute)
  • Age Guidance: 14+. This production contains strong language and nudity.
  • Other: Post Show Discussion Tuesday 17 April
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More Information on Our Country’s Good

In 1787, ships with over 700 convicts on board set sail on an eight month voyage. When they arrive in Australia, their survival is by no means certain: supplies are running out, the convicts are stealing food or trying to escape and the guards are threatening mutiny.

Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play – Australia’s first theatrical production. With a reluctant and illiterate cast, opposition from the officers and a leading lady who may be hanged, the odds are stacked against them.

Both a comedy and a powerful drama, Our Country’s Good shows us how we can escape the chains that bind us.

“Inventive and inclusive”  The Stage 

“deft and elegant”  The Times 

“Fiona Buffini’s production finds comedy and bite in the collective endeavour to put on a play against all odds”  Exeunt Magazine




Listen to our audio flyer

Our Country’s Good features the creative use of audio description, signing and captions and is a touring production made in association with Ramps on the Moon.


Cast & Credits

By Timberlake Wertenbaker / Based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally / Directed by Fiona Buffini / Designer Neil Murray / Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan / Composer/Sound Designer Jon Nicholls / Associate Director Simon Startin / Wardrobe Supervisor Alison Cartledge / Casting Director Polly Jerrold CDG /

A Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company Production in co-production with Ramps on the Moon

  • Colin Connor
    as Major Robbie Ross
  • John Wisehammer
    as Tom Dawze
  • Jarrad Ellis-Thomas
    as Captain Campbell
  • Fifi Garfield
    as Dabby
  • Keiren Hamilton-Amos
    as Caesar
  • Gbemisola Ikumelo
    as Liz Morden
  • Kieron Jecchinis
    as Arthur Philip
  • Sapphire Joy
    as Mary
  • Will Lewis
    as John Arscott
  • Milton Lopes
    as An Aboriginal Australian
  • Alex Nowak
    as Sideway
  • Caroline Parker
    as Meg
  • Tim Pritchett
    as Ralph Clark
  • Fergus Rattigan
    as James “Ketch” Freeman
  • Garry Robson
    as Harry Brewer
  • Emily Rose Salter
    as Duckling
  • Nabil Shaban
    as Judge David Collins


“ Entertaining, inclusive, and generous staging of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s hymn to the humanising power of theatre”

- The Stage

“ deft and elegant”

- The Times

“ a captivating production”

- British Theatre Guide

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Sing Along

Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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