An unequivocal recent stage classic returns to London 25 years after its award-winning Royal Court debut. Our Country's Good,Timberlake Wertenbaker's adaptation of Thomas Keneally's The Playmaker, comes to the new St James Theatre, with its original director, Max Stafford Clark.
Australia, 1789. One of the soldiers acting as guards to the convicts shipped over from Britain suggests that rather than just incarcerating the prisoners, they should enlighten them. He proposes mounting a play and Our Country's Good follows the ups-and-downs up to opening night.
Based on fact, that George Farquhar's Restoration comedy, The Recruiting Officer, was the first ever play done Down Under, Our Country's Good espouses the possibilities of compassion and education with the result that all who take part find their attitudes challenged and bettered. In a word, wonderful.
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