A Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company Production in co-production with Ramps on the Moon
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally
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, ships each with over 700 convicts on board 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 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, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation.
- Timberlake Wertenbaker
- Fiona Buffini
- Neil Murray
- Mark Jonathan
- Jon Nicholls
Simon Trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre credits include: Islands (Bush Theatre/Edinburgh Festival); Beyond Midnight (Trestle Theatre Company); Sherlock Holmes In Trouble (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Tempest (Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds and Theatre Setup); Revolting (which he also wrote for Jacksons Lane/The Ministry of Clowns); Pericles and Spangleguts (London Bubble); The Fly (Oldham Coliseum); Now You Know (Hampstead Theatre); Hamlet and Bartleby (Red Shift); Tartuffe (Mappa Mundi); Fanny Hill (Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster); Waiting For Godot (Tottering Bipeds); The Fall Of The House Of Usher, Volpone, Into The Mystic and UBU (Graeae); Collateral Damage and Subterranean (Traverse Theatre) and The Changeling (Battersea Arts Centre),
Television and film credits include: The Musketeers, Doctors, Mapp And Lucia, Holby City, Tag, Criminal Justice, Everytime I Look At You, Dunkirk, Are You Looking At Me? and Rhyming Criplets (BBC); Keen Eddie (Paramount) Presverve (Channel Four).
Prior to becoming a freelance casting director, Polly worked at the Royal Exchange Theatre with whom she continues to enjoy a close relationship.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre credits include: Of Mice And Men, Anita And Me, A Christmas Carol, Circles, Feed The Beast, Back Down and Folk.
Other recent credits include: Wit (Royal Exchange) and The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange/Told by an Idiot); Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Brideshead Revisited (ETT & York Theatre Royal), Merlin (Royal & Derngate/Nuffield Theatre) and Beyond The Fence (Sky Arts, Wingspan and Neil Laidlaw Productions – Arts Theatre).
Polly’s current credits include: A feature film based on Catherine Bruton’s novel We Can Be Heroes; Educating Rita (Hull Truck) and The Hound Of The Baskervilles (York Theatre Royal). She will also shortly begin casting for a major new production of a Broadway musical that will tour the UK in 2017.
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