Our Country’s Good
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker
Directed by Sarah Shippobotham
Contains adult themes and very strong language. Recommended for ages 14+ (R rated show). No babes in arms or children under 4.
In January 1788, the first British prison ship arrives at Botany Bay, Australia and settle the penal colony at Port Jackson, the site of current-day Sydney. Many of the prisoners have committed minor crimes and their wardens are military men who fought and lost the war against the American colonies. When hope and supplies run low, a lieutenant tries to increase morale by staging a comedy, The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar, using the convicts as the cast.
Based on real events, this award-winning drama is an evocative look at a moment in history—the founding of a nation—and an inspiring tale about the transforming power of theatre.