Our Country’s Good is both a comedy and a powerful drama which shows us how we can escape the chains that bind us.
In 1787, a fleet of ships carrying over 700 convicts set sail on an eight month voyage. When they arrive in Australia, their survival is by no means certain: supplies are running out, the convicts are stealing food or trying to escape and the guards are threatening mutiny.
Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play – Australia’s first theatrical production. With opposition from the officers and a leading lady who may be hanged, the odds are stacked against them.
Our Country’s Good is a touring production made in co‑production with multi-award-winning Ramps on the Moon, whose previous collaborations over the last two years include the comedy hit The Government Inspector and a critically acclaimed version of The Who’s Tommy. The production features the creative use of audio description, signing and captions. Our Country’s Good will be touring across the UK, for more information visit rampsonthemoon.co.uk.
Age 14+ due to strong language and themes of a sexual nature
SPECIAL MEMBERS EVENT
Free Pre-Show Talks
Australia’s Convict Colonisers: The men and women of the First Fleet and the penal crisis which sent them there (BSL Interpreted)
With Professor Bob Shoemaker, University of Sheffield
Wednesday 14 March, 6.15pm – 7pm
Please reserve in advance
A Rough Guide to Our Country’s Good (BSL Interpreted)
With Fiona Buffini, director of Our County’s Good
Wednesday 21 March, 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Please reserve in advance
School tickets are £12 each (subject to availability). One teacher goes free with every ten tickets purchased.
Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.
Take a look at our range of wraparound workshops and sessions for your school in connection with Our Country’s Good.
Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on tickets (subject to availability). Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.
We provide audio description, signing and captions for all performances for this production. A relaxed performance is also available. Watch our BSL flyer or listen to our audio flyer on our Access page.
Live audio description is delivered by a cast member on stage at every performance of Our Country’s Good. To access the audio description book a headset via Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or if you have a smart phone you can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect App.
How the Sennheiser MobileConnect app works: download the App, then once you’re at the Playhouse choose the MobileConnect network on your Wi-Fi settings (no password is required). Once you open the App there is a choice of Hearing Assistance or Audio Description under Our Country’s Good, click Audio Description. You can bring your own headphones or use ours. Pre-show notes will be delivered through the headsets or App 15 minutes before the start of the show, in the auditorium. Arrive early to access these notes and other resources on our access table.
Touch Tours will take place 1 hour before the performance on Friday 16 March and Saturday 24 March matinee. Touch Tours are also available on request for performances from Wednesday 14 March onwards, with 2 days notice. Book your place at Box Office when you book your tickets.
Robbie Ross Colin Connor
Wisehammer/George Johnston Tom Dawze
Captain Campbell Jarrad Ellis-Thomas
Captain David Collins Dave Fishley
Dabby Fifi Garfield
Caesar/William Faddy Keiren Hamilton-Amos
Liz Morden Gbemisola Ikumelo
Arthur Philip Kieron Jecchinis
Mary Sapphire Joy
John Arscott/Watkins Tench Will Lewis
The Aboriginal Australian/Audio Describer Milton Lopes
Sideway/Rev Johnson Alex Nowak
Meg/Will Dawes Caroline Parker
Ralph Clark Tim Pritchett
James “Ketch” Freeman Fergus Rattigan
Harry Brewer Garry Robson
Duckling Emily Rose Salter
Director Fiona Buffini
Designer Neil Murray
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
Composer/Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Associate Director Simon Startin
BSL Creative Consultant Paula Garfield
Assistant BSL Consultant Kamaldeep Deo
Audio Description Creative Consultants Alison Clarke and Ruth James
Fight Director Philip d’Orléans
Movement Director Cydney Uffindell-Philips
Wardrobe Supervisor Alison Cartledge
Casting Director Polly Jerrold CDG
Costume Design and Sound Design Rebecca Brown
Costume Design Hannah Yahya Hassan
Set Design Jess Niemz
Set Design and Stage Management Rowan Warnock
An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.
(Free of charge for Playhouse Pass members)
Dates & Times
|Our Country's Good - Fri 9 Mar 7:30pm Fri 9 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£27.50 - £8.50|
|Our Country's Good - Sat 10 Mar 7:30pm Sat 10 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Mon 12 Mar 7:30pm Mon 12 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Tue 13 Mar 7:00pm Tue 13 Mar||Main House||7:00pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Wed 14 Mar 7:30pm Wed 14 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Thu 15 Mar 1:30pm Thu 15 Mar||Main House||1:30pm||£31.50 - £10.50|
|Our Country's Good - Thu 15 Mar 7:30pm Thu 15 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Fri 16 Mar 7:30pm Fri 16 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Sat 17 Mar 7:30pm Sat 17 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Tue 20 Mar 7:30pm Tue 20 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Wed 21 Mar 7:30pm Wed 21 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Thu 22 Mar 1:30pm Thu 22 Mar||Main House||1:30pm||£31.50 - £10.50 Relaxed Perforamnce|
|Our Country's Good - Thu 22 Mar 7:30pm Thu 22 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Fri 23 Mar 7:30pm Fri 23 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|
|Our Country's Good - Sat 24 Mar 2:30pm Sat 24 Mar||Main House||2:30pm||£31.50 - £10.50|
|Our Country's Good - Sat 24 Mar 7:30pm Sat 24 Mar||Main House||7:30pm||£37.50 - £12.50|