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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
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Our Country’s Good

By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Lou Wallace
7th – 15th February 2014

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

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

 

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.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Lou Wallace

CAST

Captain Arthur Phillip, RN
Major Robbie Ross, RM
Captain David Collins, RM
Captain Watkin Tench, RM
Captain Jemmy Campbell, RM
Reverend Johnson
Lieutenant George Johnston, RM
Lieutenant Will Dawes, RM
Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, RM
Second Lieutenant William Faddy, RM
Midshipman Harry Brewer, RN
An Aboriginal Australian
John Arscott
Black Caesar
James “Ketch” Freeman
Robert Sideway
John Wisehammer
Mary Brenham
Dabby Bryant
Liz Morden
Duckling Smith

CREATIVE TEAM

Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Make-up
Sound Design
Lighting Design
Lighting Operator
Projections
Production Photography
Production Manager

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

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