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A historical drama by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Thursday 7 November 2019 - Saturday 9 November 2019
Faringdon Junior School, 26 Gloucester Street, Faringdon SN7 7HY
Directed by Carolyn Taylor

Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.
Tickets: £8. No concessions. Tickets were available from our Online Box Office and Stay Grounded, 7a Market Place, Faringdon.
Please note that we consider this play unsuitable for under 16's as there are sexually explicit adult themes and very strong language.

Our Countrys Good 2019 01To be performed in-the-round. “Our Country’s Good” is a 1988 play written by British playwright, Timberlake Wertenbaker, adapted from the Thomas Keneally novel “The Playmaker”. It is a piece of epic theatre that probes the divide between authority and transgression.

The story concerns a group of Royal Marines and convicts in a penal colony in New South Wales, Australia 1789. In Britain’s first penal colony, an ill-assorted crew of convicts and one of their captors, a Lieutenant of Marines, put on a play to celebrate the King of England’s birthday.  The play is a production of George Farquhar’s city comedy “The Recruiting Officer”. The intent was to aid the rehabilitation of prisoners who would become free citizens after serving their term.The Governor is supportive but not all  those in the isolated colony are keen on the idea. Are the convicts there to be punished or rehabilitated?

This Olivier Award winning play, based on a true story which is far stranger than fiction, was first written and performed in 1988 and became an immediate ‘Modern Classic’. It celebrates the redemptive and transcendental power of theatre. FDS are delighted to be able to bring it to Faringdon as their November production.

More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Country%27s_Good

Our Countrys Good 2019 Noda Award


Dominic Bullock is the NODA London District 12 (Oxfordshire) winner of ‘The Charles Sumner Award for Best Male Actor in a Play’ for his performance as Harry Brewer.

The Cast:

Photo Martin Waymark

Robert Sideway and Captain Watkin Tench-Martin Waymark

Photo Jayne Hoyland

Mary Brenham – Jayne Hoyland

Photo Richard Lock

Second Lt. Ralph Clark – Richard Lock

Photo Alan Taylor

Governor Arthur Phillip – Alan Taylor

Photo Dominic Bullock

Midshipman Harry Brewer – Dominic Bullock

Photo Sandra Keen

Liz Morden and Lt. Will Dawes – Sandra Keen

Photo Joan Lee

Meg Long and Reverend Johnson – Joan Lee

Photo Gary Field

Captain David Collins and  Ketch Freeman –  Gary Field

Photo Debbie Lock

Dabby Bryant and Second Lt William Faddy – Debbie Lock

Photo Helen Thrower

Duckling Smith and Lt. George Johnston – Helen Thrower

Photo Dave Headey

Captain Jemmy Campbell and John Wisehammer – Dave Headey

Photo Carolyn Taylor

Director – Carolyn Taylor

Dress-Rehearsal Photos:

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Production No.197 (3 shows were performed over 3 days)

This amateur production was presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk