Our Country’s Good

By Timberlake Wertenbaker

Synopsis:

DOUBLE BILL: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD AND THE RECRUITING OFFICER

Our Country's Good is showing:
Wed 10 July 7.30pm
Fri 12 July 7.30pm
Sat 13 July 2.30pm matinee
Thu 18 July 7.30pm
Saturday 20 July 7.30pm



Australia, 1788. The First Fleet from Britain lands in Botany Bay. Whilst the officers in charge of the penal colony hunt and shoot the native kangaroos and aborigines alike, the small-time criminals in their charge are being persuaded by Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark RN to stage a play: The Recruiting Officer. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013 Timberlake Wertenbaker’s iconic play, Our Country’s Good, tells the story of this first production in Australia, performed thousands of miles from London with only two copies of the text, a cast of convicts and a leading lady about to be hanged.

Next Stage’s Artistic Director Ann Garner has wanted to replicate the double bill of Our Country’s Good and The Recruiting Officer ever since 1988 when she first saw the plays performed in Bath by Max Stafford-Clark’s original company. Twenty five years on, Ann has teamed up with another Next Stage director, John Matthews, to make her dream a reality. Taking a play apiece and using acclaimed Next Stage actors, the two directors are proud to present this ambitious double bill giving Bath audiences the chance, on alternate days, to see Our Country’s Good and The Recruiting Officer as presented by the convict cast of the First Fleet!

Don’t miss this high spot of our summer season!

**Double Bill Discount: purchase tickets for Our Country's Good and The Recruiting Officer at the same time from Next Stage 01225 428600 and pay only £18 (£14 concs) for both shows.

With grateful thanks to this show's Angels

**For an extra pound, reserve your seat: call 01225 428600**

Enjoy a delicious meal before the show in The Green Room

The Mission Theatre’s vegetarian and vegan Bistro is open from 6pm every night with a full range of mouth-watering soups, salads, hot dishes and desserts - see the menu below then call 01225 428600 to reserve your table.

Our Country’s Good
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in July 2013.

Supper menu:

  • The White Witch's watercress & spinach soup - £4.50

  • or
  • Mr Tumnus's tomato, red pepper & feta salad - £4.50

  • Butternut squash and halloumi moussaka

  • or
  • Courgette, cashew nut and broad bean korma

  • or
  • Summer berry cheesecake tart

  • or
  • Home made cakes

  • Teas and coffees to finish.

Director/s | Cast:

Director

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

2nd Lt Ralph Clark

Andrew Ellison

Andrew Ellison

Cpn Arthur Phillip / John Arscott

Joshua Ward

Joshua Ward

Mjr Robbie Ross / Ketch Freeman

Tom Ash-Miles

Tom Ash-Miles

Cpn Collins / Sideway

Caroline Groom

Caroline Groom

Cpn Watkin Tench / Meg Long

Philip Davies

Philip Davies

Cpn Jemmy Campbell

Nicky Wilkins

Nicky Wilkins

Mdsp Harry Brewer / Wisehammer

Mary Brenham / Revd Johnson

Georgi Bassil

Georgi Bassil

Duckling Smith / Lt Johnston

Liz Morden / Lt Dawes

Yvonne Paulley

Yvonne Paulley

Dabby Bryant / 2nd Lt Faddy

Review/s of Our Country’s Good Bath:

Review 1: "unrivalled quality and professionalism"

Aside from the centre court of Wimbledon, there are few other places that provide the quality of drama than The Next Stage Theatre Company at The Mission Theatre. Under the microscopic direction of Ann Garner, once again this excellent team bring together a cast of unrivalled quality and professionalism. Our Country’s Good is running as a double bill, alongside The Recruiting Officer, prior to a…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield, Guide2Bath

Review 2: Bath Chronicle Review

The difficulties of staging a play like Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good are enormous – quite unimaginable really to those who have never had to do it. Here, members of the company are all doing their day jobs and then taking on the joint roles of officers and gentlemen at one moment and then ****** and thieves the next. Some are even playing members of the opposite sex. As if that was…click here to read the whole review.

By Christopher Hansford

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