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London-based theatre company Out of Joint will be making a welcome return to the Everyman Theatre stage with award-winning play Our Country’s Good, running from Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 October 2012.
Following the success of The Convict’s Opera in 2009 and Top Girls earlier in 2012, which both went down a storm with Cheltenham crowds, Out of Joint will be hoping for the same reception for its latest production, which won Play of the Year at the 1988 Olivier Awards when playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker premiered it at the Royal Court Theatre.
Our Country’s Good is a true story about the first convict colony in Australia, the value of theatre and the redemptive power of art, according to organisers.
It follows an ambitious young lieutenant in 1789, Ralph Clark, who is set the task of directing new convicts in the comedy The Recruiting Officer, to celebrate the King’s birthday.
‘But with a dispirited cast, just two copies of the script, opposition from sadistic officers, a leading lady who faces being hanged, and Ralph’s uncontrollable passion for one of his convict players, Australia’s first theatre production is in trouble from the start,’ said organisers.
Don’t miss your chance to see whether the show does indeed go on, at the Everyman Theatre.
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