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Bursting with humanity, humour, heartache and passion - The Daily Telegraph, London. 2015.
Directed by John Graham, the stage of the Stirling Community theatre is being transformed into Sydney Cove in 1789, for presenting, Our Country's Good. Written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, this is a true story from Australia's theatre history.
The characters appear dashing and bedraggled as they represent the first convict inhabitants shipped from England's darkest over-crowded prisons to the wretched colony of Botany Bay, where sadistic soldiers handed out brutal punishments while other convicts watched for their own entertainment. Ironically, this harsh treatment by the soldiers who made the convicts lives a living hell, had a governor of rare humanity. The governor realised the convicts were the ones who would need to build the new nation, so he encouraged them to stage a play, involving them, as a means to try and civilise them.
The play is based on the novel by Thomas Kenneally, and is recognised as a modern classic, and often favoured as a text in schools.
Our Country's Good has been the winner of 1988 Lawrence Olivier Award, 1991 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, and has been a nominee for 1991 Tony Award (Best play).