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Our Country’s Good ()

Produced by

Octagon Theatre Bolton and Out of Joint Theatre Company

Presented by

Mirvish Productions

Playwright: Timberlake Wertenbaker
Director: Max Stafford-Clark


The Royal Alexandra Theatre


September 12th, 2014 – October 26th, 2014


These days, vacationers flock to Australia for the outback, the Great Barrier Reef, and, of course, kangaroos. But back in 1788, the only people travelling Down Under were the thieves, murderers, and prostitutes exiled from Britain. Our Country’s Good tells the story of some eager convicts who decide to make the best of their situation by putting on a play, unintentionally humanizing themselves in the eyes of their captors. (


Simon Darwen Governor Phillip / John Wisehammer
Richard Neale Major Ross / Ketch Freeman
David Newman David Collins / Robert Sideway
Cornelius Macarthy Aboriginal Australian / Watkin Tench / Black Caesar
Sam Graham Captain Campbell / Harry Brewer / John Arscott / Meg Long
Jessica Tomchak Rev. Johnson / Mary Brenham
Anna Tierney Lieutenant Johnston / Duckling Smith
Kathryn O’Reilly Will Dawes / Liz Morden
Victoria Gee William Faddy / Dabby Bryant
Nathan Ives-Moiba Ralph Clark
Sean O’Neill Understudy for Governor Phillips, John Wisehammer, Harry Brewer, John Arscott, Meg Long, Captain Campbell, Major Ross & Ketch Freeman
Bailey Patrick Understudy for Aboriginal Australian, Watkin Tench, Black Caesar, Ralph Clark, David Collins & Robert Sideway
Laura Schofield Understudy for Liz Morden, Will Dawes, Dabby Bryant, William Faddy, Lieutenant Johnston, Duckling Smith, Rev. Johnson & Mary Brenham

Creative Team

Timberlake Wertenbaker Playwright
Max Stafford-Clark Director
Tim Shortall Designer
Johanna Town Lighting Designer
Andy Smith Sound Designer
Tim Hoare Associate Director


Josh Liebert Sound System Designer
Jacob Mason-Dixon Re-Lighter
Daniel Higgott Re-Sounder
Biddy Guy Costume Supervisor
Amanda Ozdonmez Costume Supervisor
Amanda Ozdonmez Wig Supervisor
Sooki McShane Casting
Lucy Jenkins Casting
Matt Noddings Production Manager
Dan Gammon Company Stage Manager
Helen Bowen Deputy Stage Manager
Paul Elliott Executive Producer
Panda Cox Producer
Karl Sydow Producer
Victoria Brennan Lighting Board Programmer
John Still Production Electrician
Duncan C. Weldon Producer
Graham Cowley Associate Producer
David Mirvish Producer
Brian Sewell Executive Producer
David Mucci Managing Director
Scot Whitham Head of Production
Linda Intaschi Associate Producer
Rachael Mirvish Associate Producer
Sarah Sisko Assistant Producer
Charles Chu General Management Associate
Hannah Mirvish General Management Associate
Chris Prideaux Production Manager
Nathan Giles Assistant Director of Production
Desirée Proveau Production Administrator
Natasha Visosky Production Administrator


Ron Jacobson General Manager
James Sandham Operations Assistant
Kevin McCarthy Senior Maintenance Manager
Heather Clarkson Head of Wardrobe
Mike Puhacz Head Carpenter
John Still Head Electrician
Guy Gualtieri Head of Properties
Blair Egglestone Head of Flies