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Our Country's Good

by Timberlake Wertenbaker

To 17 October 2015
Running Time: 2 hours 45 mins inc interval

Olivier Theatre

£55.00 £15.00
Good availability in October

Our Country's Good. Illustration of a figure in a desert-like landscape with leg-irons in the foreground
★★★★ ‘Epic. Does justice to a landmark play.’ Guardian

Our Country's Good

Observed by a lone, mystified Aboriginal Australian, the first convict ship arrives in Botany Bay, 1788, crammed with England’s outcasts. 500 Travelex £15 tickets for every performance

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. A profoundly humane piece of theatre, steeped in suffering yet charged with hope, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good (based on a true story) celebrates the redemptive power of art. Cerys Matthews makes her debut as a composer for the stage writing the music for Our Country’s Good. Contains strong language, violence and scenes of an adult nature.

Cast

4 star rating

‘A remarkable celebration of theatre’s potential to regenerate lost souls.’

Evening Standard
4 star rating

The music is spellbinding.’

Financial Times
4 star rating

A beautiful production of a beautiful play.’

Daily Express

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