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    Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

    • SHOWING
    • 17 Apr -
      11 May 2019
      17 Apr - 11 May 2019
    About

    Based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally

    Director Anna Girvan / Designer Anna Reid / Lighting Designer Chris Swain / Composer & Sound Designer Keegan Curran / Fight Director Kaitlin Howard / Assistant Director Alison Cowling

    Cast:
    Duckling Smith/Captain Jemmy Campbell Sasha Frost
    Liz Morden/Captain Watkin Tench Kim Heron      
    Robert Sideway/Captain David Collins Danann McAleer             
    Black Caesar/Midshipman Harry Brewer/Lieutenant Will Dawes 
    Charleen Qwaye
    John Wisehammer/Captain Arthur Phillip
     Luca Thompson
    Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark 
    Joseph Tweedale
    Reverend Johnson/Mary Brenham/Meg Long Paksie Vernon
    Major Robbie Ross/Ketch Freeman/John Arscott Dan Wheeler
    Dabby Bryant/ Second Lieutenant William Faddy Heather Williams

    Read our Factory Company Season casting announcement

    PLUS! Visit our Factory Company Season page for backstage peeks at the productions, including an interview with Anna Girvan and an account of the Company’s visit to HMP Dartmoor.

    The true story of the first convict colony in Australia, Our Country’s Good is fearlessly bold and vibrantly theatrical. A play which cunningly redresses ideas about the morality of crime and punishment.

    We are talking about criminals, often hardened criminals. They have a habit of vice and crime. Many criminals seem to have been born that way. It is in their nature.

    Captain Phillip believes that it is his Officers’ duty to rehabilitate convicts rather than continually punish them for their criminal past. He commissions a young and opportunistic Second Lieutenant, Ralph Clark, to stage a theatre production performed by the inmates. Battling ridicule and the threat of hanging, Ralph and the actors discover the lives they could have led if society had cast them in different roles.

    Witty and thought-provoking, Wertenbaker’s masterpiece questions the meaning of ‘civilised’ society as we know it and who has the right to determine and shape its future.

    Anna Girvan trained in Bristol and honed her craft at Tobacco Factory Theatres. She has since gone on to work at the RSC and the National Theatre, most recently working as Staff Director to Patrick Marber on
    Exit the King.

    Our Country’s Good and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are part of the second Factory Company season at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

    Visit our Factory Company Season page for an introduction to the season and backstage access to the productions.

    • RUNNING TIMEApprox. 2hrs 45mins (inc. interval)
    • TICKETSFrom £12 (limited availability). Please select Buy Tickets for more details.
    • VENUE

    AGE RECOMMENDATION
    14+ (contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature)

    TIMES

    7.30pm 
    Please note the performance on Tue 23 April is at 7.30pm (previously advertised at 7pm).

    Matinees Thu & Sat 2pm

    No show Sun

    Performances on Wed 17 – Mon 22 April are previews.

    MULTIBUYS Book 3 or more shows SAVE 15% and Book 5 or more shows SAVE 20%.

    BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
    Fri 26 April 7.30pm
    tickets@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

    POST SHOW TALK
    Fri 26 April

    Please join us after the performance on Fri 26 April for a free post show discussion.

    ARTIST WORKSHOP
    DIRECTORS’ LAB: OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
    Fri 26 April
     11am – 5pm
    Join Anna Girvan, director of Our Country’s Good, on the set of her production for a day exploring the text and the possibilities it offers.

    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performance on Fri 19 April and Tue 07 May at 7.30pm. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

    Reviews
    • ****

      "High drama...Emotional power...an articulate production"

      The Stage
    • ****

      "Brilliant and evocative...a true ensemble piece with strong performances...precisely what theatre of today needs"

      Epigram
    • "I brought my A Level Drama students...You blew us away...the best production of OCG I've ever seen. Surprising and very clear, the cast were uniformly excellent - their acting was powerful, truthful and superbly nuanced"

      Jerry, St Edward's Senior & Sixth Form
    • "A vital, engaging and enduring play...a piece that needs to be seen"

      What's On Stage
    • "A comment on and rallying cry for social justice...the Factory Company’s performance brings this into wonderful relief"

      Muddy Stilettos
    • "Message is strong and clear in Anna Girvan's direction"

      Broadway World
    • "The excellent ensemble cast of nine rise to the challenge of delivering multiple roles convincingly with nothing more than body posture and a change of jacket, hat or accent"

      British Theatre Guide
    • "Ms Girvan has created a piece of epic, or to use Brecht’s term, dialectical theatre which, sadly, is unlikely to lose its relevance any time soon"

      Stagetalk Magazine
    • "Captivating tender, humorous and life affirming"

      Weston Super Mum

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