Our Country's Good

Olivier Theatre, National
West End

Cast includes: Jonathan Coote, Matthew Cottle, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Peter Forbes, Jason Hughes, Ellie James, Shalisha James-Davis, Paul Kaye, Ashley McGuire, Graeme McKnight, Jodie McNee, David Mara, Tadhg Murphy, Cyril Nri, Debra Penny, Lee Ross Observed by a lone, mystified Aboriginal Australian, the first convict ship arrives in Botany Bay in 1788, crammed with England’s outcasts. Colony discipline in this vast and alien land is brutal. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment?

Timberlake Wertenbaker
Nadia Fall
Our Country's Good Schedule
Opening date: 
Wednesday, 19 August, 2015
Booking to: 
Wednesday, 21 October, 2015
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review

Timberlake Wertenbaker's 1988 play has achieved modern classic status thanks to numerous revivals around the world and its place on school and university curriculums. On the one hand this academic weight threatens to stifle any production that can quickly feel too deliberate and schematic, but this production attempts to present a fresh take on well trodden territory. The broad-stroke themes... Read more

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