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FEST proudly presents


directed by Jim Phetterplace

April 15, 16, 17 & 22, 23, 24

die Katakombe, Frankfurt

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Eilis Cahill - convict Dabby Bryant, 2nd Lieutenant William Faddy

Sabrina Lotz - convict Liz Morden, Lieutenant Will Dawes

Dellamay Miller - convicts Meg Long, Black Caesar and Captain David Collins

Varvara Pomoni - convict Duckling Smith, Lieutenant George Johnston

Jeanique Rahmlow - convict Mary Brenham and Reverend Johnson

Paula Mary Strassenmeyer - convict John Arscott and Governor Arthur Phillip

James E. Bailey - convict Robert Sideway and the Aboriginal Australian

Jeff Book - Midshipman Harry Brewer and Captain Jemmy Campbell

Thomas Lehmann - convict John Wisehammer and Captain Watkin Tench

David Mark - convict Ketch Freeman and Major Robbie Ross

Michael Ennis - 2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark

Our Country's Good is a 1988 play written by British playwright, Timberlake Wertenbaker, adapted from the Thomas Keneally novel The Playmaker. The story concerns a group of Royal Marines and convicts in a penal colony in New South Wales, in the 1780s, who put on a production of The Recruiting Officer.

It was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 10 September 1988, directed by Max Stafford-Clark. It ran on Broadway in 1991.

(source:  Wikipedia)

Play Synopsis

Setting: In and around Britain’s first penal colony in New South Wales - to become Sydney, Australia - 1788/89.  To raise morale and counter the growing discontent engendered by harsh rationing, enforced labor and recent public hangings, Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark answers the call to mount a play in honor of the King’s birthday. He faces the wrath of his direct superior and battles with his own conflicting desires as he directs a mostly illiterate cast of convicts through an experience that will change them all.

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