‘Raw & truthful performances’: @shakespeareanLK reviews OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD – Touring

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Touring – reviewed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
By an anonymous guest critic

Ramps On the Moon’s Our Country’s Good delivers a production that seamlessly integrates actors with and without disabilities to produce excellent all-round performances. Originally written by Timberlake Wertenbaker in 1988, it tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts in Australia, who in 1797 with the help of an officer, rehearse and perform a play despite the odds being stacked against them due to strong opposition from the other officers at the settlement.

This production is both a comedy and a powerful drama, combining the use of subtitles and sign language by the actors to tell the story with passion and skill. There are stellar performances aided by the direction of Fiona Buffini and, though it is a lengthy production, the audience’s attention is held throughout, often with outbursts of laughter at Liz Morden’s (Gbemisola Ikumelo) naturally bullish presence.

Filled with consistently raw and truthful performances, this production sends out the indisputable message of the importance of giving those who have disabilities an opportunity to share their talents. It results in a splendid evening of theatre.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura Kressly
Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.

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