ASHFORD YOUTH THEATRE

OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD

OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD

September 1992

"Our Country's Good" concerns the first convict settlement in Australia, and the alchemical effects arising from the rehearsal and performance of George Farquhar's "The Recruiting Officer". The Colonisation of Australia by the English was the act both pioneering and contemptible; the action of "Our Country's Good", and the truth of all theatre, is simply both sweet and harsh. "The theatre is an expression of civilization" says Captain Arthur Philip; he would have agreed also that it "holds the mirror up to nature". If the theatre offends, it may be because we catch therein an unflattering glimpse of our culture, our history, ourselves.

D.J.B

CAST:

Convicts -
Robert Sideway - Shane Taylor
John Wisehammer - Aneil Saraf
John Arscott - Leo Carlile
Mary Brenham - Lara Cavill
Dabby Bryant - Martine Hanford
Liz Morden - Sasha Brooman
Duckling Smith - Rebecca Eastwood
Ketch Freeman - Simon Cleary
Caesar - Nicky Sievens

Military -
Second Lt Ralph Clark, RM - Glen Bridgeland
Captain Arthur Philip, RN (Governor) - Daryl Brown
Captain David Collins, RM (Advocate General) - Leo McCrea
Captain Watkin Tench, RM - Kelvin Millen
Midshipman Harry Brewer, RN (Provost Marshal) - Ashley Beeching
Major Robbie Ross, RM - Robert Hammerton
Captain Jemmy Campbell, RM - Mark Tumber
Lt Will Dawes, RM - Jonathan May
Second Lt William Faddy, RM - Robert Belson
Reverend Johnson - Colin Jones

Directed by Daryl Brown