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Our Country's Good

By Timberlake Wertenbaker

Our Country's Good

26 January 1788: a fleet of ships carrying convicts and colonisers arrives in Botany Bay, Australia, to establish a penal colony on stolen land.


This play 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. This is a play about love, hate, redemption, and the transformative power of the arts.


Our Country’s Good was first published in 1988 and has been a curriculum mainstay ever since for creative subjects. This fresh new take weaves storytelling and music through the much-loved words by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

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