Our Country's Good (2012)
In 1787, The First Fleet carried a cargo of convicts and Navy Officers and sailed to Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. Two years later the convicts were allowed to put on a play with the help of one of the officers and ‘Our Country’s Good’ tells the story of this production from initial idea to opening night. The production faces many obstacles; from the vehement opposition from some of the officers to the threat that one of the female leads will be hanged.
The play is beautiful written with wonderfully powerful language and interesting, complex characters. The relationships on stage are complicated, funny and moving and will be great fun to play!
- Second Lieutenant Ralph Clarke - Baron Anyangwe
- Captain David Collins / Robert Sideway - Martin Shaw
- Dabby Bryant / Captain Jemmy Campbell - Eileen Coan
- Major Robbie Ross / Ketch Freeman - Graham Rice
- Captain Watkin Tench / Caesar - Neil Forster
- Liz Morden / Lieutenant Will Dawes - Shona Gibbs
- Meg Long / Reverend Johnson - Anita Sollis
- Ducking Smith / Lieutenant George Johnston - Alice St.Aubyn
- Captain Arthur Phillip / John Wisehammer - Chris Stooke
- Mary Brenham / Second Lieutenant William Faddy - Steph Urquhart
- Midshipman Harry Brewer / John Arscott - Alex Watts
- Production Designer - Aurélien Farjon
- Lighting Designers - Mark Bullock & Peter Stevens
- Sound Designer - Mark Bullock
- Military Costumes - Lisa Thomas
- Stage Manager - Lauri Morgan
- Assistant Stage Manager - Deirdre Parkes
- Operators - Catherine Ellis, Matt Moore & Marianne Thompson
- Poster Design - Ian Bass
- Production Photographs - Phil Gammon
The director and cast would like to thank Nick and Scott at The Park for generously donating rehearsal space, The Hope, Alan Buckman, Hans Mudlamootoo, Janet Haney, Jayne Hardy, Simon Holland, Jeanette Hoile, Naomi Liddle, Charlotte Vaight, Val Williams and all the volunteers at SLT.
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