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Description

In 1787, ships each 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.

Our Country's Good tells 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.

Our Country's Good is a touring production made in co-production with Ramps on the Moon, whose previous collaborations include the comedy hit The Government Inspector and a critically acclaimed version of The Who's Tommy. The production features the creative use of audio description, signing, and captions. For more information visit www.rampsonthemoon.co.uk.

Please note, every performance is audio described, signed and captioned.

Aged 16-30? Get £5 tickets to Our Country's Good with Preview Club on 23 May. Simply contact our box office on 0121 236 4455 to join this FREE membership, and receive great discounts on productions throughout the year.

Our Country's Good tells 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.

In 1787, ships each 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.

Our Country's Good tells 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.

Our Country's Good is a touring production made in co-production with Ramps on the Moon, whose previous collaborations include the comedy hit The Government Inspector and a critically acclaimed version of The Who's Tommy. The production features the creative use of audio description, signing, and captions. For more information visit www.rampsonthemoon.co.uk.

Creatives

Writer Timberlake Wertenbaker
Director Fiona Buffini
Designer Neil Murray
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
Composer/Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Associate Director Simon Startin
BSL Creative Consultant Paula Garfield
Assistant BSL Consultant Kamaldeep Deo
Audio Description Creative Consultants Alison Clarke and Ruth James
Audio Description Script by Milton Lopes
Fight Director Philip d'Orléans
Movement Director Cydney Uffindell-Philips
Voice Coach Jessica Higgs
Drum Teacher John Watterson
Wardrobe Supervisor Alison Cartledge
Casting Director Polly Jerrold
Fight Captain Fergus Rattigan
Movement Captain Keiren Hamilton-Amos
Creative Assistant for Costume Design and Sound Design Rebecca Brown
Creative Assistant for Costume Design Hannah Yahya Hassan
Creative Assistant for Set Design Jess Niemz
Creative Assistant for Stage Management Rowan Warnock

Post-Show Discussion

Please note there will be a post-show discussion after the 7.30pm performance on 23 May focused on Theatre And The Criminal Justice System. This is a unique opportunity to hear from Andy Watson MBE, CEO of Birmingham-based Geese Theatre Company. Geese is one of the leading theatre companies delivering drama and theatre projects in the UK criminal justice system today. Andy will provide a fascinating insight into a theatre world that is often hidden and discuss the challenges that Geese Theatre Company face in delivering this work. There will also be a brief demonstration of Geese's work. 

 

Audio Described Trailer


In Rehearsals


A Signed Synopsis

A Signed Synopsis of Our Country's Good, produced by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company in co-production with Ramps on the Moon.

Presented by Rowan Warnock
Voiceover by Tom Dawze
Music by Jon Nicholls

 

Audio Flyer

 

Visual Story

Download the Visual Story from the right hand side of this page, or alternatively watch the visual story below, featuring the cast of the show and an overview of the performance. 


Insight Pack

Access the Our Country's Good Insight Pack here.

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Company & Creatives

Actor

Major Robbie Ross
John Wisehammer/Lieutenant George Johnston
Captain Jemmy Campbell
Captain David Collins
Dabby Bryant
Caesar/Second Lieutenant William Faddy
Governor-in-Chief, Captain Arthur Phillip
Mary Brenham
John Arscott/Captain Watkin Tench
The Aboriginal Australian/Audio Describer
Robert Sideway/Reverend Johnson
Meg Long/Lieutenant Will Dawes
Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark
James ‘Ketch’ Freeman
Midshipman Harry Brewer
Duckling Smith
Ticket Information

From £15

Preview and weekday matinee from £10

Group, family, disabled and school rates available via our box office.

Fees and Charges

As of 15 January, we now charge a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. This covers administration costs and postage and enables us to provide a dedicated booking service. This charge does not apply to transactions under £10, group bookings over 50 and school group bookings. We also waive this charge if you are a REP Friend.

Please talk to a member of our BOX office team if you require further information.

ACCESS

Touch Tours

Touch tours enable blind and partially sighted people to explore the stage, set, props and costumes before seeing the show. Touch Tours are free and take place 60 minutes before the performance starts. Please advise Box Office if you would like a Touch Tour when you book. Assistance Dogs are always welcome, please inform Box Office when booking.

For any more information please contact access@birmingham-rep.co.uk

Tue 29 May - 6.30pm
Wed 30 May - 6.30pm
Thu 31 May - 1.00pm
Thu 31 May - 6.30pm
Fri 1 Jun - 6.30pm
Sat 2 Jun - 1.00pm
Sat 2 Jun - 6.30pm

Audio Description

Live audio description is delivered by a cast member on stage at every ​performance of Our Country's Good. To access the audio description book a headset via Box Office or if you have a smart phone you can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect App: Android or iPhone.

How the Senheiser MobileConnect app works: download the App, then once you're at The REP choose the MobileConnect network on your Wi-Fi settings (no password is required). Once you open the App there is a choice of Hearing Assistance or Audio Description under Our Country's Good, click Audio Description. You can bring your own headphones or use ours.

Pre-show notes will be played through the headsets or App 15 minutes before the start of the show, in the auditorium. Arrive early to access these notes and other resources on our access table.

Listen to the Audio Programme and pre-show notes here.

Running Time

2 hours and 50 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

Age Recommendation

14+ 

Further Information

Please note that this production contains strong language and nudity

Post-Show Discussion

Please note there will be post-show discussions after the 7.30pm performances on 23 May and 30 May.

Fees & Charges
​​​​​​​As of 15 January, we now charge a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. This covers administration costs and postage and enables us to provide a dedicated booking service. This charge does not apply to transactions under £10, group bookings over 50 and school group bookings. We also waive this charge if you are a REP Friend.
Please talk to a member of our BOX office team if you require further information.
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