Archives - Our Country’s Good

by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Keith Thompson

Friday 28th February – Saturday 8th March 1997 in the Auditorium

Australia, 1787. In a penal colony the convicts find relief from their harsh and brutal lives by rehearsing The Recruiting Officer. Highly theatrical, often funny and sometimes dark and disturbing, a play that says the theatre is important, a boon to civilisation.

Play of the Year 1988.

Part of the Barn’s 1996/1997 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Captain Arthur Philips, RN-Jack Wood
Major Robbie Ross, RM-Denis Butcher
Captain David Collins, RM-David Thompson
Captain Watkin Tench, RM-Bryan Rycroft
Captain Jemmy Campbell, RM-Mike Smith
Reverend Johnson-Roy Archer
Lieutenant George Johnston, RM-Bernard Usher
Lieutenant Will Dawes, RM-Darren Millard
2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark, RM-Tony Waters
2nd Lieutenant William Faddy, RM-Justine Addison
Midshipman Harry Brewer, RN-Brian Stewart
An Aboriginal Australian-Bernard Usher
John Arscott-John Davies
Cæsar-Orla Kennedy
Ketch Freeman-Brian Kent
Robert Sideway-Roy Archer
John Wisehammer-Ron Thomas
Mary Brenham-Christine Mackinven
Dabby Bryant-Brenda Newey
Liz Morden-Heidi Waters
Duckling Smith-Natalie Gordon
Meg Long-Joan Goodwin

Creative team

Director-Keith Thompson
Set and Lighting Design-Eric Farlie
Sound-James Rowles
Stage Manager-Peter Holt
Assistant Stage Manager-Paul Bamford
Prompter-Gill Millinger
Lighting Operator-Andrew Logie
Costumes-Shirley Thompson
Sybil Thompson
Properties-Phoebe Johnson
Production Secretary-Sylvia Townend

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