Our Country’s Good

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A profoundly humane piece of theatre, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good brings its tale of hope, redemption and art to the National Theatre. Read More >

A profoundly humane piece of theatre, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good brings its tale of hope, redemption and art to the National Theatre.

Observed by a lone, mystified Aboriginal Australian, the first convict ship arrives in Botany Bay, 1788, crammed with England’s outcasts. Colony discipline in this vast and alien land is brutal. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment?

The ambitious Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark steps forward with a play. But as the mostly illiterate cast rehearses, and a sense of common purpose begins to take hold, the young officer’s own transformation is as marked and poignant as that of his prisoners.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 19/08/2015

Opening Night: 25/08/2015

Closing Night: 17/10/2015

Running time: 2h50

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Josienne Clarke, Jonathan Coote, Matthew Cottle, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Peter Forbes, Jason Hughes, Ellie James, Shalisha James-Davis, Paul Kaye, Ollie King, Jonathan Livingstone, Ashley McGuire, Graeme McKnight, Jodie McNee, David Mara, Tadhg Murphy, Cyril Nri, Debra Penny, Lee Ross, Ben Walker, Gary Wood

Creative

Director - Nadia Fall

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Peter McKintosh

Choreographer - Arthur Pita

Lighting Designer - Neil Austin

Sound - Carolyn Downing

Author - Timberlake Wertenbaker

Music By - Cerys Matthews