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Our Country’s Good – Birmingham REP

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: John Kennedy Looking for possibly the definitive antecedent of The Dirty Dozen trope? The maverick junior officer who puts his career on the line to take on a disparate, desperate cohort of the meanest scum on the planet and, up against all the odds, the disbelief of his seniors, and especially said scum ...

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Our Country’s Good – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Timberlake Wertenbaker's 1988 play Our Country's Good seems an apt and almost perfect choice for the third of Ramps on the Moon theatre's annual touring productions with UK repertory theatres. This collaboration, with Nottingham Playhouse, is currently on tour and with a 17 strong integrated cast of deaf and disabled actors. ...

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Our Country’s Good – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker  Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Inspired by true stories and based on Thomas Kenally’s novel The Playmaker, Our Country’s Good transports the audience to 1787 for a powerful comedic drama about the harsh realities that convicts and slaves faced in the 1700s. After sailing over 700 of them to Australia, they are kept as prisoners with ...

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Our Country’s Good – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Nikoli Foster Reviewer: Phil Lowe   This production at Curve Leicester is directed by professional director Nikoli Foster collaborating with a cast of talented students from De Montfort University Leicester. The cast of 16 (with necessary doubling) play over twenty characters ranging from Royal Marines, dispirited convicts, and members of the Georgian judicial system all set ...

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Our Country’s Good – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Niall Harman Timberlake Wertenbaker’sOur Country’s Goodhas proved to be one of the Royal Court Theatre’s most popular and enduring hits since its 1988 premiere, spawning countless revivals and becoming a classroom staple. This touring production sees original director Max Stafford-Clark return to the piece more than a quarter of a century after he ...

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Our Country’s Good – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbarker Director: Gerry Mulgrew Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell Eleven actors from the Masters in Classical and Contemporary Text programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland take on the 22 rôles of Timberlake Wertenbarker’s playOur Country’s Goodbased on the Thomas Keneally novelThe Playmaker. The play premiered in 1988 at the Royal Court and is based on the true story ...

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Our Country’s Good – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker, Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] At its heart, this play argues that theatre is a medicine for many ills, capable of soothing troubled souls and giving meaning to abandoned lives. Based on Thomas Keneally's 1987 novel The Playmaker which drew from real events, it was first produced at the Royal Court in 1988 and won ...

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Our Country’s Good – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker (based on the book by Thomas Keneally) Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4.5] Our Country’s Good may have premiered nearly 25 years ago, but it is easy to see why this revival seems apt, in these times of cutbacks and austerity. With funding to the arts being questioned at every turn, here is a play that ...

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