Our Country’s Good, performed in 2018, is both a comedy and a powerful drama which shows us how we can escape the chains that bind us.

In 1787, a fleet of ships carrying over 700 convicts set sail on an eight month voyage. When they arrive in Australia, their survival is by no means certain: supplies are running out, the convicts are stealing food or trying to escape and the guards are threatening mutiny.

Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play – Australia’s first theatrical production. With opposition from the officers and a leading lady who may be hanged, the odds are stacked against them.

Our Country’s Good is a touring production made in co‑production with multi-award-winning Ramps on the Moon, whose previous collaborations over the last two years include the comedy hit The Government Inspector and a critically acclaimed version of The Who’s Tommy. The production features the creative use of audio description, signing and captions.


We provide audio description, signing and captions for all performances for this production. A relaxed performance is also available.

Live audio description is delivered by a cast member on stage at every ​performance of Our Country’s Good.


Robbie Ross Colin Connor
Wisehammer/George Johnston Tom Dawze
Captain Campbell Jarrad Ellis-Thomas
Captain David Collins Dave Fishley
Dabby Fifi Garfield
Caesar/William Faddy Keiren Hamilton-Amos
Liz Morden Gbemisola Ikumelo
Arthur Philip Kieron Jecchinis
Mary Sapphire Joy
John Arscott/Watkins Tench Will Lewis
The Aboriginal Australian/Audio Describer Milton Lopes
Sideway/Rev Johnson Alex Nowak
Meg/Will Dawes Caroline Parker
Ralph Clark Tim Pritchett
James “Ketch” Freeman Fergus Rattigan
Harry Brewer Garry Robson
Duckling Emily Rose Salter


Director Fiona Buffini
Designer Neil Murray
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
Composer/Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Associate Director Simon Startin
BSL Creative Consultant Paula Garfield
Assistant BSL Consultant Kamaldeep Deo
Audio Description Creative Consultants Alison Clarke and Ruth James
Fight Director Philip d’Orléans
Movement Director Cydney Uffindell-Philips
Wardrobe Supervisor Alison Cartledge
Casting Director  Polly Jerrold CDG

Creative Assistants

Costume Design and Sound Design Rebecca Brown
Costume Design Hannah Yahya Hassan
Set Design Jess Niemz
Set Design and Stage Management Rowan Warnock