English Literature

The English Literature Play 2018: Our Country's Good

Each year, English Literature sponsors the production of a play of literary interest featuring our students in its cast and crew.

This year’s play, a joint production with Edinburgh University Theatre Company, is Timberlake Wertenbaker’s multi-award-winning drama, ‘Our Country’s Good’ (1988).

Set in Botany Bay in 1789, the play tells the true story of the first ship to arrive in Australia, full of British convicts and officers. Surrounded by forbidding conditions and under the burning heat of the Australian sun, Lieutenant Clark attempts to bring literature, theatre and culture to the penal colony through a production of Farquhar’s ‘The Recruiting Officer’. As the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and behind the scenes.

The play will be performed for six nights at Bedlam Theatre, starting at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets are available online on SparkSeat (£6.50, concessions available).

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Related links

Find out more about the Edinburgh University Theatre Company on the Bedlam Theatre website

Read an interview with Directors (and LLC students) Jane Prinsley and Luke Morley on the Wee Review website


The English Literature Play 2018: Our Country's Good

A joint production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s 1988 play by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company and English Literature at LLC.

Bedlam Theatre
11B Bristo Place