Our Country's Good: Based on the novel 'The Playmaker' by Thomas Keneally - Modern Classics (Hardback)
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Our Country's Good: Based on the novel 'The Playmaker' by Thomas Keneally - Modern Classics (Hardback)

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Hardback 112 Pages / Published: 28/01/2016
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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. . . "Wertenbaker has searched history and found in it a humanistic lesson for hard modern times: rough, sombre, undogmatic and warm" (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" (Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph)

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474261395
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Wertenbaker's play remains terrifyingly relevant ... movingly demonstrates the power of drama to change minds ... it's a play that still leaves its audience, like its subjects, transported. -- Michael Billington * Guardian *
A trenchant and uplifting case for the transformative power of theatre ... Wertenbaker's play is unashamedly idealistic but it's not sentimental ... how a theatrical production can offer a microcosmic image of liberating self-transcendence and true community. -- Paul Taylor * Independent *
A modern classic ... bursting with humanity, humour, heartache and passion ... this moving celebration of the power of drama to change lives for the good. -- Charles Spencer * Telegraph *
An instant modern classic ... this rich, warm play, with its impassioned advocacy of the humanising power of art ... huge themes roll around the stage - about art, social injustice and inequity, punishment and reform. But Wertenbaker also paints a vivid picture of an impromptu community improvising their way forward. -- Sarah Hemming * Financial Times *
Vivid and persuasive ... There is love and lust and loss and infighting and cruelty and a few decent laughs too ... earthy, argumentative and alive ... it makes a political point palpable: there's something intrinsically theatrical and implicitly political about the joint act of let's pretend. Our Country's Good reminds us that there is such a thing as society. -- Dominic Maxwell * The Times *
A powerful plea for theatre as a humanising force -- Jane Edwardes * The Sunday Times *
A modern classic ... a host of meaty themes: injustice, crime and punishment, social boundaries, and the effects of colonialism ... Wertenbaker's writing feels trenchant and satisfyingly fresh. She makes a lucid case for the invigorating, even therapeutic powers of theatre. The result is a politically charged piece, and a hopeful one. -- Henry Hitchings * Evening Standard *
It remains an exceptional piece of writing ... Wertenbaker writes mostly unsentimentally and always interestingly, conjuring a deliciously detailed world. -- Andrzej Lukowski * Time Out *

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