The acclaimed co-production by Out of Joint and the Octagon Theatre Bolton

Our Country’s Good

a man wearing 17th century captains clothes looking powerful with a woman wearing a worn out dress with hands in chains staring after him. In the background there is a man and woman kissing under the moonlight and a group of angry poorly dressed looking people looking into the distance.



Olivier Award: Play of the Year
New York Critics Circle: Best Foreign Play

4 STARS “Marvellous revival… Hilarious… Desperately moving” Mail on Sunday
4 STARS “An exceptional piece of writing… a deliciously detailed world” Time Out
4 STARS “All the ingredients of a stirring heart-thumper” Metro
4 STARS “Staged with overwhelming warmth and humanity”  Sunday Express
 “Glowingly persuasive… Warmly recommended” Independent
4 STARS “A consummate revival of a modern classic” Guardian
4 STARS “Mesmerisingly atmospheric” Daily Telegraph
4 STARS “Outstanding… Uplifting… A theatrical landmark” Daily Mail
4 STARS “This warm, rich play has lost none of its punch” Financial Times
4 STARS “A treat… Deeply moving”

“We are talking about criminals, often hardened criminals. They have a habit of vice and crime. Many criminals seem to have been born that way. It is in their nature.”

Inspired by real events, Our Country’s Good is the true story of a ragbag cast of convicts who put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer. As the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and behind the scenes…

25 years ago, Our Country’s Good premiered at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway, winning major awards on both sides of the Atlantic. This new production is by the play’s original director, Max Stafford-Clark, following his recent 5 star revival of Top Girls for Out of Joint, collaborating again with designer Tim Shortall (La Cage Aux Folles and Sweet Charity in the West End).


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