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Our Country’s Good

Our Country’s Good
Written by Thomas Keneally and Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Barry Hooper
17 – 22 March 2003


The penal colony of New South Wales in 1788 was one of the most brutal places on Earth, where convicts were beaten or hanged for minor offences. The first Governor General was a humane man by the standards of this time. He decided to put on a play, with the hope that the convicts would begin to embrace finer sentiments. This is an often funny, at times dark and disturbing play.


RN = Royal Navy
MR = Marine Regiment

Captain Arthur Phillip, RN – John Hyde
Major Robbie Ross, MR – Keith Jarman
Captain David Collins, MR – John McLaren
Captain Watkin Tench, MR – Michael Bate
Captain Jemmy Campbell, MR – John Summers
Reverend Johnson – Christine Angell
Lieutenant George Johnston, MR – Emma Stewart
Lieutenant Will Dawes, MR – Ros Betts
Second Lieutenant Ralph Clarke, MR – David Maun
Second Lieutenant Willian Faddy, MR – Alex Hanson
Midshipman Harry Brewer, RN – John Summers

John Arscott – John Summers
John Caesar – John McLaren
Ketch Freeman – Keith Jarman
Robert Sideway – John Hyde
John Wisehammer – Michael Bate
Mary Brenham – Emma Stewart
Dabby Bryant – Ros Betts
Liz Morden – Christine Angell
Duckling Smith – Alex Hanson
Meg Long – Christine Angell


Stage Manager – Eric Crichton
Assistant Stage Manager – Len Huntley
Lighting – Nicky Humphreys, Ian Humphreys
Sound – Bill McCann
Set Design – Graeme Horner
Props – Wendi Freeman, Sue Biggs
Prompt – Marjorie Penny
Front of House Display – Julia Crichton
Set Construction – Eric Crichton, Len Huntley, Mick Holland, Graeme Horner, Bill Brooks
Wardrobe – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Bramall
Set Decoration – Graeme Horner, Juliet Adams