Our Country's Good - Wertenbaker's Powerful Drama Our Country's Good at West Yorkshire Playhouse this Spring


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Acclaimed consortium Ramps on the Moon return to West Yorkshire Playhouse this spring with Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. This Nottingham Playhouse and Ramps On The Moon co-production sees Wertenbaker’s classic play of love and survival and the power of a drama reimagined in a dynamic and thrilling new production.

Directed by Nottingham Playhouse’s Associate Director Fiona Buffini (All My Sons), the production focuses on 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.

Following the critically praised staging of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector and the award winning recent production of The Who’s Tommy, this is the third co-production with Ramps on The Moon, a consortium of seven theatre companies, including West Yorkshire Playhouse, dedicated to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.

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In 1787, ships 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.

Returning to the Playhouse include Garry Robson (Reasons to be Cheerful, Tommy, The Government Inspector) and Milton Lopes (The Threepenny Opera). The cast is completed with Colin Connor, Tom Dawze, Jarrad Ellis-Jones, Fifi Garfield, Keiren Hamilton-Amos, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kieron Jecchinis, Sapphire Joy, Will Lewis, Alex Nowak, Caroline Parker, Tim Pritchett, Fergus Rattigan, Emily Salter and Nabil Shaban.

This production of Our Country’s Good will have embedded creative use of Audio Description, Captioning and British Sign Language in all performances.

Our Country’s Good, Courtyard Theatre
Wed 11 – Sat 21 April 2018
Box office 0113 213 7700.
Book online wyp.org.uk