Our Country's Good
County's Good is based on the novel The
Playmaker by Thomas Keneally and owes much to Robert
Hughes' history of transportation, The Fatal Shore.
It tells the story of how a production of The
Recruiting Officer, by George Farquhar, came to be
performed by convicts, in the Sidney Cove, to celebrate
the King's birthday in 1789.
Although set in the past and dealing with an event which actually occurred, the play is modern in that the central issues are immediately relevant. As Timberlake Wertenbaker has said: "I'm trying to write about how people are treated, what it means to be brutalised, what it means to live without hope and how theatre can be a humanising force."
Our Country's Good was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1988 by a group of ten actors, including our President Jim Broadbent.
|Captain Arthur Phillip, RN (Governor-in-Chief of New South Wales
|Major Robbie Ross, RM
|Captain David Collins, RM (Advocate General)
|Captain Watkin Tench, RM
|Captain Jemmy Campbell, RM
|Lieutenant George Johnston, RM
|Lieutenant Will Dawes, RM
|Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, RM
|Second Lieutenant William Faddy, RM
|Midshipman Harry Brewer, RN (Provost Marshall)
|An Aboriginal Australian
|David Broughton & Ian Uprichard
|Robert Dennis & Thirzah Jennings