Nottingham Playhouse takes the lead as producer for a national tour of the acclaimed Ramps on The Moon co-production of Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
This is the third co-production with Ramps on The Moon, a consortium of seven theatre companies dedicated to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.
In 1787, ships with over 700 convicts on board, set sail on an eight-month voyage. When they arrive in Australia, their survival is uncertain.
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 will be directed by Nottingham Playhouse associate director Fiona Buffini, whose recent production of All My Sons at the theatre won rave reviews.
The cast is made up of Colin Connor, Tom Dawze, Jarrad Ellis-Jones, Fifi Garfield, Keiren Hamilton-Amos, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kieron Jecchinis, Sapphire Joy, Will Lewis, Milton Lopes, Alex Nowak, Caroline Parker, Tim Pritchett, Fergus Rattigan, Garry Robson, Emily Salter and Nabil Shaban.
Our Country’s Good will première at Nottingham Playhouse and then tour.
Ramps On The Moon was set up in recognition of the under representation and employment of D/ deaf and disabled people throughout the industry, particularly in mainstream theatre, and follows on from the successful production of The Threepenny Opera in spring 2014.
9 – 24 March, Nottingham Playhouse
28 March – 7 April, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
11 – 21 April, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
25 April – 5 May, Theatre Royal Stratford East
12 – 19 May, Sheffield Crucible Theatre
23 May – 2 June, Birmingham Rep