- 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
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
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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
as Major Robbie Ross
as Tom Dawze
as Captain Campbell
as Liz Morden
as Arthur Philip
as John Arscott
as An Aboriginal Australian
as Ralph Clark
as James “Ketch” Freeman
as Harry Brewer
Emily Rose Salter
as Judge David Collins
“ Entertaining, inclusive, and generous staging of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s hymn to the humanising power of theatre”
“ deft and elegant”
“ a captivating production”
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
Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.Sing Along
Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, 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.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance