The Play’s The Thing and Pepper’s Ghost stage Our Country’s Good

Our Country's Good

A new professional theatre company in Milton Keynes is helping an existing group celebrate its tenth anniversary by staging a play about the redemptive power of drama.

A production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good is being staged at Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes next month in a joint production by The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company and Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company, which was formed in 2004.

Our Country’s Good tells the true story of the first penal colony in Australia and a young, ambitious lieutenant, Ralph Clark.

Clark agrees to direct a play with the convicts in the main roles as a means of getting noticed and possibly a promotion.

With only two copies of the script, a cast of prisoners, a leading lady under sentence of hanging, and fierce opposition from most of his fellow officers, he has more than his fair share of director’s woes.

But against all the odds the play is performed and changes lives for the better.


It celebrates the redemptive power of the theatre and the arts. It will make you laugh, cry and send shivers down your spine.

And it’s a fitting play for inclusive company Pepper’s Ghost to produce – a company which has also changed and enriched lives by helping people engage in the arts.

Running from May 14-17.

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