Archives - Our Country’s Good

by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Louise Wallace

Friday 7th – Saturday 15th February 2014 in the Auditorium

A play that still leaves its audience, like its subjects, transported.

Our Country's Good

The barren landscape of Australia in 1789 provides the setting for Timberlake Wertenbaker’s classic play that has become perhaps the strongest affirmation yet of the redemptive power of theatre.

Based on a true story and full of contemporary relevance, it is a compelling drama. We witness the inspirational transformation of a rag-tag bunch of convicts during the rehearsal process for the first play performed in the fledgling colony of Sydney Cove. They are led by a young naval officer who struggles with the prejudice of his peers, the inhospitable climate and the ever-present threat of the hanging of at least one of his actors. The results are uplifting and affirming for anyone who has ever enjoyed the thrill of performance.


Tickets are now available for just £11. Buy online or from the Box Office.

Part of the Barn’s 2013/2014 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Captain Arthur Phillip, RN-Paul Brown
Major Robbie Ross, RM-Matthew Greenbank
Captain David Collins, RM-Divyesh Thakerar
Captain Watkin Tench, RM-Kieron Myers
Captain Jemmy Campbell, RM-David Thompson
Reverend Johnson-Gemma Anderson
Lieutenant George Johnston, RM-Felicity Blackshaw
Lieutenant Will Dawes, RM-Julia Riley
Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, RM-Jack Swanson
Second Lieutenant William Faddy, RM-Lou Robinson
Midshipman Harry Brewer, RN-David Thompson
An Aboriginal Australian-Kieron Myers
John Arscott-David Thompson
Black Caesar-Kieron Myers
James "Ketch" Freeman-Matthew Greenbank
Robert Sideway-Divyesh Thakerar
John Wisehammer-Paul Brown
Mary Brenham-Gemma Anderson
Dabby Bryant-Lou Robinson
Liz Morden-Julia Riley
Duckling Smith-Felicity Blackshaw
Meg Long-Gemma Anderson

Creative team

Director-Louise Wallace
Stage Manager-Brenda Onyon
Deputy Stage Manager-Steph Pymm
Assistant Stage Manager (Properties)-Barbara Foster
Set Construction-Robert Gill
Roger Eames
Eddie Washington
David Fairhurst
Eric Farlie
Norman Merry
Keith Lambert
Set Dressing-Rosemary Bianchi
Lou Underwood
Louise Wallace
Costumes-Margaret Wallace
Milada Cook
Marieli Tyrrell
Penny Coyston
Make-up-Tammy Wall
Sound Design-Rob Wallace
Sound Operation-Rob Wallace
Emma Bridgeman-Williams
Lighting Design-Trevor Wallace
Lighting Operation-Clifton Hoyle
Projections-Simon Wallace
Production Images-Simon Wallace
Production Manager-Christine Mackinven

Special thanks to: Jack Wood, Angela Reiss, Tim Jennings, Chris Janes, James Rowles and Paul Morton for their help and support, Flame Costume Hire, Torbay. Weapons: Cutting Edge Combat


Friday 7th – Saturday 15th February 2014

Friday 7th February8.00pm 
Saturday 8th February8.00pm 
Monday 10th February8.00pm 
Tuesday 11th February8.00pm 
Wednesday 12th February8.00pm 
Thursday 13th February8.00pm 
Friday 14th February8.00pm 
Saturday 15th February2.30pmMatinée
Saturday 15th February8.00pm 

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