Kathryn O’Reilly takes a break from rehearsals to talk about crime, punishment and the long sea voyage of the First Fleet. Her character, Liz Morden, comes from various prototypes. One is Nancy Turner, a 21-year-old servant who was tried at Worcester in 1785 for stealing clothes to the value of 40 shillings. She was sentenced to transportation for seven years.
In Our Country’s Good, convicts put on a play. Ciarán Owens and Helen Bradbury talk about meeting an ex-prisoner who discovered acting in prison and is now a professional actor.