9 – 29 March 2008
Based on the novel "The Playmaker" by Thomas Keneally.
It was a new colony, a new beginning. Supplies were running out, a military in revolt and many convicts choosing to risk certain death by escaping into the unknown rather than suffer the chronic hardships of the new penal colony.
A young Lieutenant, Ralph Clark offers to put on a play to celebrate the King’s birthday. His cast was a motley bunch of pickpockets, thieves, whores and a hangman.
Will the performance rival that of London’s David Garrick?
Will his lead actress be hanged before she can take the stage?
Will he overcome his fear and loathing and find love?
OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is a story of the imagination, of love, and the redemptive power of theatre.
Adapted from story by
MARISSA BENNETT, BRETT CHRISTIAN, GRANT FOULKES, MICK LO MONACO, BRENDAN MCCALLUM, SUSAN MILLER, KATYA SHEVTSOV, MICHAEL WAHR, TERRY YEBOAH