In the last teaching week of this semester the English Theatre Group will present Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Based on historical events, the play concerns the arrival in 1788 of the first British convict ships in Botany Bay, South Australia. The treatment of the prisoners at the hands of military officers is brutal. However, the Governor of the colony has high ideals about creating a civilized society and about how the convicts should be treated. Believing that “the theatre is an expression of civilization”, he encourages a certain officer to produce a play with the convicts as actors. Our Country’s Good dramatizes the challenges of rehearsing George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer in the face of contempt of most of the officers and a lack of unity amongst the convicts.
The play was written in 1988 and first presented at London’s Royal Court Theatre.
Performances will take place at 7.30pm each evening on
Monday 28 January
Tuesday 29 January
Wednesday 30 January
(no Thursday performance)
Friday 1 February, and
Saturday 2 February
Hildesheimer Straße 39A
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the sales point in the foyer of the Conti-Hochaus at Königsworther Platz 1 during the advance ticket-selling hours:
weekdays from 10am until 4pm, Monday 14 January through to Friday 25 January.