In praise of theatres great and the good
A REMARKABLE story of Australia's first convict colony which highlights the value of theatre comes to the Everyman Theatre this week.
Our Country's Good, set in 1789, tells the story of an ambitious young lieutenant set the task of directing newly arrived convicts in a play 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 the lieutenant's uncontrollable passion for one of his convict players, Australia's first theatre production is in trouble from the start.
The Olivier award-winning play, performed here by acclaimed theatre company Out Of Joint, is directed by legendary theatre director Max Stafford-Clark.
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Speaking to The Buzz, he said: "It's a fascinating play about the redemptive power of art, which is something I'm passionate about.
"Cuts in arts funding have meant theatre is facing a very difficult time at the moment, so it seems very timely to remind ourselves of its importance."
The play runs from Tuesday until next Saturday. Tickets cost from £10 to £25 from 01242 572573 or online at www.everymantheatre.org.uk.