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Our Country's Good Based on the Novel The Playmaker by Thomas Kenneally by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Our Country's Good Based on the Novel The Playmaker by Thomas Kenneally

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Our Country's Good Based on the Novel The Playmaker by Thomas Kenneally by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Australia 1789. A young married lieutenant is directing rehearsals of the first play ever to be staged in that country. With only two copies of the text, a cast of convicts, and one leading lady who may be about to be hanged, conditions are hardly ideal...Winner of the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award in 1988, and many other major awards, Our Country's Good premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1988 and opened on Broadway in 1991. 'Rarely has the redemptive, transcendental power of theatre been argued with such eloquence and passion.' Georgina Brown, Independent Methuen Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. As well as the complete text of the play itself, the volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations; and notes on individual words and phrases in the text.


Wertenbaker has searched history and found in it a humanistic lesson for hard modern times: rough, sombre, undogmatic and warm The Sunday Times

Highly theatrical, often funny and at times dark and disturbing, it sets an infant civilization on the stage with clarity, economy and insight The Daily Telegraph, Charles Spencer

About the Author

Timberlake Wertenbaker was born in France and was Resident Writer for 'Shared Experience' in 1983 and the Royal Court Theatre 1984-85. She is best known for her play Our Country's Good (1988), based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally. First performed at the Royal Court in 1988, it was awarded the Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for Best New Play, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play and was nominated for six 'Tonies'.

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Publication date

1st August 1995


Timberlake Wertenbaker

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Methuen Drama an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


176 pages


Plays, playscripts
Literary studies: plays & playwrights
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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