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Out of Joint and Octagon launch Our Country's Good in Bolton, 3 September

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A new production of Our Country's Good is coming to Bolton in September.

Out of Joint artistic director Max Stafford-Clark will direct the revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Olivier Award-winning play, having staged the premiere production of the work at the Royal Court when he helmed the Sloan Square venue in 1988.

The new production, which is co-produced by Out of Joint, Karl Sydow and the Octagon Theatre, will launch from the Bolton venue on 3 September 2012.

Our Country's Good will then open in Birmingham on 26 September (previews from 25 September) before travelling to Aberystwyth, Cheltenham, Southampton, Oxford, The Hague, Watford, Leeds and Cambridge.

The production will run at the new St James Theatre from 30 January to 9 March 2013. The production features Damola Adelaja, Helen Bradbury, Laura Dos Santos, John Hollingworth and Lisa Kerr.

Having originally been commissioned to write a play to compliment a revival of The Recruiting Officer, Wertenbaker's play depicts true events and is based on Thomas Keneally’s best selling novel The Playmaker.

The piece is set in Australia in 1789 and tells the story of a young lieutenant who is given the task of directing a cast of dispirited transported murderers and thieves in George Farquhar’s 1706 play.

But with growing suspicion from his fellow officers, just two copies of the script, his leading lady facing the gallows, and an uncontrollable passion for one of his convict players, Ralph’s – and Australia’s – first theatre production is in trouble from the start.


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