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On Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 December, senior pupils delighted audiences with a striking production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s “Our Country’s Good”, in the School’s Performing Arts Centre.
The play begins in 1789 as the first ship from Portsmouth arrives in Botany Bay, Australia. It carries with it a group of desperate convicts and officers who struggle to survive in both the unforgiving natural environment and the brutal system of crime and punishment that they are bound by.
The play poses many questions that still lie at the heart of our judicial system today. How do we punish criminal acts? Can someone who breaks the law be rehabilitated? Do those who have the power to punish always wield it responsibly?
The production was gripping throughout, and featured an incredibly talented cast of the School’s finest actors, complemented by an exceptionally professional set, designed to re-create the barren and brutal environment of Aboriginal Australia.
Head of Drama at St John’s Jamie Garbett commented: “Stand out performances came from Lauryn Cloughley’s portrayal of the doomed Liz Morden, Sam Sterling as the flamboyant Sideway and Harry Edwards visceral rendering of a conflicted and pained Harry Brewer. However, a special thanks should go to those in the Upper Sixth, for whom this was their last school play, and the Drama Department fully appreciate their contribution over the last five years.”
Further photos are available in the Senior School Play photo gallery.
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