Out of Joint, in a co-production with the Young Vic present
Our Country’s Good
by Timberlake Wertenbaker 1998
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Set in Sydney in 1789, Our Country’s Good gives a humane, moving and very funny account of the first theatrical production to be staged in Australia’s new colony. But faced with food shortages, the threat of rebellion and a leading lady who faces hanging, director 2nd lieutenant Ralph Clark and his convict cast are in trouble from the start.
Max Stafford-Clark staged the premiere of this inspirational play at the Royal Court theatre in 1988, where it was hailed as intelligent, gritty, joyous and immensely entertaining. Ten years on, audiences and critics have found it as powerful and relevant as ever.
Cast: Michele Austin, David Beames, Stephen Beresford, David Fielder, Mali Harries, Fraser James, Stuart McQuarrie, Ashley Miller, Ian Redford, and Sally Rogers
Director: Max Stafford-Clark Designer: Julian McGowan Lighting: Johanna Town Sound: Mic Pool
‘Max Stafford-Clark’s magnificent revival confirms beyond any doubt that Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play will remain firmly established in the repertory as a 20th century classic’ Sunday Times
‘Max Stafford-Clark’s production, as before, spins theatrical gold’ Daily Mail
‘You want to understand why theatre is still important? Look no further.’ Independent
“this stirring play, a milestone drama” Evening Standard