Our Country's Good at National Theatre: Olivier



For thought provoking theatre at its very best, book tickets for Our Country's Good at the National Theatre.

Directed by Nadia Fall and written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, the play is set in Australia's Botany Bay in 1788 as the first convict ship arrives from England, watched by a bemused Aboriginal Australian. After three proposed public hangings, the convicts soon learn that their new regime is as brutal and unforgiving as their new surroundings.

Looking to find alternative methods to the noose to keep the convicts in line, an enterprising officer tries to get the prisoners to perform a play. Although most of the cast are illiterate, the group soon begin to work together for a common good in ways that change their outlook and lives as well as the officer’s. Skilfully blending elements of suffering, redemption and hope, this poignant work highlights the positive power of art.


Venue Details & Map

National Theatre

South Bank
+44 (0)20 7452 3000
Public transport:
Tube: Embankment/Waterloo Train: Waterloo

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