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Theatre Royal Stratford East today announces a Nottingham Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon co-production of Our Country’s Good will tour to the theatre in April 2018. Featuring creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s modern classic will open at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 25 April and runs until 5 May.
In 1787, ships with over 700 convicts on board 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.
The production will première at Nottingham Playhouse and then tour to New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres.
Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the United Kingdom’s leading producing theatres since its foundation in 1948. It welcomes over 130,000 ticket buyers through its doors annually and has an additional footfall of 170,000 visitors to participation events and to Anish Kapoor’s stunning Sky Mirror. It creates productions large and small, from timeless classics and enthralling family shows to adventurous new commissions, often touring work nationally and internationally. Its production of The Kite Runner has had two West End’s transfers, at both the Wyndham’s and Playhouse Theatres and has embarked on a 2017 UK tour.
Ramps On The Moon is a consortium of seven major theatre companies committed to putting Deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work; to accelerate positive change, explore opportunities and stimulate awareness of disability issues within arts and culture. The project is supported by public funding through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme – the largest award of its kind. The consortium venues are New Wolsey Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Graeae Theatre Company.
This production will have embedded creative use of Audio Description, Captioning and British Sign Language in all performances.
Director: Fiona Buffini; Designer: Neil Murray; Lighting Designer: Mark Jonathan
Composer / Sound Designer: Jon Nicholls; Associate Director: Simon Startin
Casting Director: Polly Jerrold CDG