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Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s

21 – 23 March 2024

DIRECTOR Chrissie Garrett
Production Manager Jane Shanahan

Tickets are on sale now from
The Mill Arts Centre Box Office

This is a powerful multi-layered play about the novel The Playmaker – the story of those who performed the play The Recruiting Officer. It focusses on rehearsal of the play among convicts and officers in a Botany Bay penal colony in the 1780s. It is sad, tender and painful. But, it is a story of hope and redemption demonstrating people can change. Barriers and stereotypes can fall away, once people get to know each other. Chrissie’s passion for the particular historic period and knowledge of the actual settlement will make for an absorbing creative experience.

There are 22 roles available and there will be doubling. This is an opportunity to play convict and officer, male and female, and so demonstrate a wide performance range.

Capt Arthur Phillips
Duckling Smith
Dabby Bryant
Black Caesar
Capt Jemmy Campbell
2nd Lt Will Faddy

Capt David Collins
Liz Morden
John Arscott
Major Robbie Ross
Lt George Johnstone
Meg Long

Capt Watkin Tench
Ketch Freeman
Robert Sideway
Reverend Johnson
Lt Will Dawes
An Aboriginal Australian

Midn Harry Brewer
Mary Brenham
John Wisehammer

2nd Lt Ralph Clark

Read through – 16 November 2023
Auditions – 29 & 30 November 2023

The list of Cast and Audition Pieces at https://tinyurl.com/5f5akrav should be used to help anyone attending auditions understand the roles available.

You don’t have to be a member to audition (but if you get a part you will need to join). Anyone can audition for any part. What can you expect during an audition? Well, it all depends on the Director. Typical auditions involve reading through the play or perhaps some improvisation work. Don’t feel comfortable with this? Talk to the Director quietly beforehand – you may glean some ‘winning’ tips.