Edinburgh Festival 2009

‘Our Country’s Good’

by Timberlake Wertenbaker

 13th and 15th August
 Lutterworth College,Bitteswell Road, Lutterworth


In 2009 Wycliffe Drama Group performed at the international Edinburgh Festival with its staging of ‘Our Country’s Good’. The play was previewed in Lutterworth prior to the start of the Festival run. Now recognised as a modern classic, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s inspirational play was first performed in 1988 when it won the Laurence Olivier ‘Play of the Year’ Award. 

In a penal colony in 1789, a young lieutenant directs rehearsals of the Restoration comedy, The Recruiting Officer. But with a cast of dispirited convicts, opposition from a sadistic officer, and a leading lady who faces being hanged, Australia’s first theatrical production is in trouble from the start …

“Highly theatrical, often funny and at times dark and disturbing, it sets an infant civilisation on the stage with clarity, economy and insight” Daily Telegraph

“Wertenbaker has searched history and found in it a humanistic lesson for hard modern times: rough, sombre and warm” Sunday Times

“A moving and affirmative tribute to the transforming power of drama itself. A triumph.” Guardian
Richard Holyoak,
4 Mar 2009, 02:31