Fri 17 February 2017
£13, £11 conc
Ivy Arts Centre
Friday 17 February, 7.30pm
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
3RD YEAR BA ACTORS REP SEASON
‘A play about the humanising and transformative power of theatre’ The Independent
Adapted from a novel by Thomas Keneally, the drama tells the story of a civilising experiment – acrimoniously contested – whereby, to celebrate the King’s birthday in 1789, transported convicts were allowed to rehearse and perform in a production of Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer, which thus became the first play ever to be staged in the penal colony of Australia.
The play’s heart lies in its endlessly topical debate about crime and punishment, and in its moving portrait of drama as a means of giving voice, purpose and a sense of communality to a group of social outcasts.
Director Richard Neale
Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD