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“How do we know what humanity lies hidden under the rags and filth of a mangled life?”

On Monday, May 22nd to Wednesday, May 24th, Bath Spa University Theatre Society proudly presents at The Mission Theatre in Bath, ‘Our Country’s Good’ by acclaimed playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally. Our Country’s Good is a tale in which justice, power, and the possibility of redemption come under scrutiny.

Australia, 1788. The First Fleet lands at Sydney Cove. Half of those aboard are convicts – murderers, thieves, and prostitutes – exiled to the shores of this strange new land. Eager to impress his superiors, Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark takes up the task of bringing culture to the burgeoning colony. He will direct the country’s first play. With a cast of criminals, two copies of the play, and some of his cast facing the noose, it seems doomed from the start.

This minimalistic staging of the modern classic aims to put the themes of this inspiring play at the fore. Performed by a cast of highly talented actors from various academic disciplines, this production is set to be an innovative portrayal of the struggle for justice, power and humanity.

This will be Bath Spa Theatre Society’s second year performing at the Mission Theatre, after their previous critically acclaimed production of Punk Rock by Simon Stephens.