Australia, 1789. An ambitious young lieutenant, Ralph Clark, is set the task of directing newly arrived convicts in the Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer, in celebration of the King's birthday.
But with a dispirited cast, just two copies of the script, opposition from sadistic officers, a leading lady who faces being hanged, and Ralph's uncontrollable passion for one of his convict players, Australia's first theatre production is in trouble from the start.
A true story of the first convict colony, Our Country's Good is an extraordinary play about the value of the theatre and the redemptive power of art. It is based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally who also wrote Schindler's Ark.
Legendary theatre director Max Stafford-Clark directed the premiere production at the Royal Court Theatre in 1988. It transferred to the West End and Broadway, winning the Olivier Award for Play of the Year and the New York Drama Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.
Venue Details & Map
12 Palace StreetLondonSW1E 5JA
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