On the 19th April Sixth Form Drama students went to West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds to see a performance of Our Country’s Good.
About the play: In 1787, ships with over 700 convicts on board set sail on an eight month voyage. When they arrive in Australia, their survival is by no means certain: supplies are running out, the convicts are stealing food or trying to escape and the guards are threatening mutiny.
Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play – Australia’s first theatrical production. With a reluctant and illiterate cast, opposition from the officers and a leading lady who may be hanged, the odds are stacked against them. Both a comedy and a powerful drama, Our Country’s Good shows us how we can escape the chains that bind us.
Our students study the performance for A Level Drama and they were all delighted with the interpretation of the famous Timberlake Wertenbaker play.