Our Country’s Good

May 21 - June 29, 2014 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage

A powerful historical drama about the power of theater.

When was the last time you saw a historical drama that was potent and expansive, passionate and funny? Our Country's Good has greatness to spare. The year is 1789. In the penal colony of Sydney, a young, married lieutenant is in the midst of directing the very first play ever to be performed in Australia. With a ragtag cast of convicts, a leading lady who may be about to be hanged, and only two copies of the play available, rehearsals for this Restoration comedy aren't going well. Yet as the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and behind the scenes. This wildly acclaimed co-production by Out of Joint and the Octagon Theatre Bolton celebrates the 25th anniversary of its premiere at London's Royal Court Theatre, before it transferred to the West End and Broadway and won the Olivier Award for Play of the Year. The U.K.'s Sunday Express called it "one of the great plays of and about the theatre, staged with overwhelming warmth and humanity."

Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission.

This production includes mature language and adult content.


Governor Phillip/John Wisehammer
Tom Andrews
Major Ross/Ketch Freeman
Richard Neale
David Collins/Robert Sideway
David Newman
Aboriginal Australian/Watkin Tench/
Black Caesar
Cornelius Macarthy
Captain Campbell/Harry Brewer/
John Arscott/Meg Long
Sam Graham
Rev. Johnson/Mary Brenham
Jessica Tomchak
Lieutenant Johnston/Duckling Smith
Anna Tierney
Will Dawes/Liz Morden
Kathryn O'Reilly
William Faddy/Dabby Bryant
Victoria Gee
Ralph Clark
Nathan Ives-Moiba

Artistic Staff

Max Stafford-Clark
Timberlake Wertenbaker
Tim Shortall
Lighting Designer
Johanna Town
Sound Designer
Andy Smith
Katy Morison
Costume Supervisor
Brigid Buy
              Costume & Wig Supervisor
Amanda Ozdonmez
Associate Director
Tim Hoare
Casting Directors
Sookie McShane & Lucy Jenkins
Production Manager
Matt Noddings
Company Stage Manager
Dan Gammon
Deputy Stage Manager
Helen Bowen
Assistant Stage Manager
Emma Tooze
Stage Manager
Tree O'Halloran

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Out of Joint's Workpack for its 1998 production of Our Country's Good


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production photos by Robert Workman



City Pages: Deep layers built into Out of Joint's Our Country's Good; a Q&A with director Max Stafford-Clark
StarTribune: Our Country's Good brings play-within-a-play to Guthrie


Pioneer Press: Our Country's Good deftly explores the power of theater
StarTribune: From jail to stage: Our Country's Good at the Guthrie
TC Daily Planet: Our Country's Good compels debate at the Guthrie Theater


Out of Joint: Director Max Stafford-Clark and playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker discuss Our Country's Good at the St James Theatre in London