Play within a play Our Country’s Good at South Hill ParkBy Caroline Cook
April 20, 2012
A play within a play is coming to Bracknell next week when Original Theatre brings its production of Our Country’s Good to South Hill Park.
The acclaimed theatre company is touring with the Olivier award-winning tale of convicts and outcasts and arrives in Bracknell for a two-night stay on Monday.
Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play tells the story of a British cargo ship which pulls up on the shores of Australia in 1788 laden with soldiers and convicts.
As the soldiers struggle to impose order, a benevolent governor, played by Aden Gillet, comes up with the idea of a play to draw the men together.
In the darkness of the gallows and the gum trees the men gather under the direction of 2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clarke to learn their lines.
Based on real events, the play shines a light on the class system and raises questions about sexuality, punishment and the judicial system.
The play picked up Olivier awards for its first season and went on to Broadway in 1991.
- Our Country’s Good is at South Hill Park on Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 for adults, £14 for members and £13 for concessions. To book call (01344) 484 123 or visit www.southhillpark.org.uk