Richland Theatre presents “Our Country’s Good”


Richland Theatre presents “Our Country’s Good” a riveting play based on the true story of convicts rehearsing a play in an 18th century Australian penal colony running 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13-16, 2010 in the Fannin Performance Hall at Richland College. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed. The play contains adult situations and language.

“Our Country’s Good,” written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, is directed by Nic McMinn, Richland Theatre’s new assistant technical director. The play follows the story of the colonization of Australia by the first convicts and Royal Marines in the late 1780s. In this first penal colony, Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark rallies the convicts, both male and female, to put on a production of George Farquhar’s “The Recruiting Officer.” Along the way, Wertenbaker’s play exposes the class system of the convict camp and broaches themes such as sexuality, punishment, the Georgian judicial system, and the idea that theatre can be a humanizing force no matter the circumstances. Many of Wertenbaker’s characters were informed by journals of those who sailed to Australia with the First Fleet, the first eleven ships to arrive in New South Wales in 1787 to establish a new colony.

The play is regularly performed and has received numerous awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for BBC Award for the Play of the Year, Tony Award nomination for Best Play, and New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, among other awards.

What: “Our Country’s Good”
When: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13-16, 2010,
Where: Fannin Performance Hall, F102, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX, 75243
Who: Presented by Richland College Theatre
FREE; open to the public

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