Our Country's Good
Louise Gold appeared as Liz Morden/Lieutenant Will Dawes at Edinburgh Royal Lyceum, (previews on 14 September) 15 September - 7 October 1995
Captain Arthur Philip, Royal Navy, Governor-in-Chief of
Major Robbie Ross, Royal Marines Eric Barlow
Captain David Collins, RM Advocate General Jimmy Chisholm
Captain Watkin Tench, RM David Baker
Captain Jeremy Campbell, RM Sean Baker
Reverend Johnson Ann Louise Ross
Lieutenant George Johnston, RM Louise Ironside
Lieutenant Will Daws, RM Louise Gold
Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, RM Tom McGovern
Second Lieutenant William Faddy, RM Jayne McKenna
Midshipman Harry Brewer, RN, Provost Marshal Sean Baker
Aborigine David Baker
John Arscott Sean Baker
Black Caesar David Baker
Ketch Freeman Eric Barlow
Robert Sideway Jimmy Chisholm
John Wisehammer Max Gold
Mary Brenham Louise Ironside
Dabby Bryant Ann Louise Ross
Liz Morden Louise Gold
Duckling Smith Jayne McKenna
Meg Long Ann Louise Ross
Author - Timberlake Wertenbaker
Derived from the novel 'The Playmaker' by Thomas Keneally
The first performance
of Our Countrys Good was on
10 September 1988 at the
Director - Caroline Hall
Designer - Matthew Wright
Lighting Stella Goldie
Fight Director Denis Agnew
Dialect Coach Ros Steen
ASM on Book Jill Davey
play is basically about a group on convicts in a
Louise Gold and Max Gold had previously been roped into appearing with the politically motivated semi-professional Fall Out group.
All of the cast went on to appear in the Edinburgh Lyceum's production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Jimmy Chisholm and Louise Gold went on to appear in Gypsy.
Most of the critics commented on how well the ensemble of 10 actors worked together, this may or may not have been helped by the fact that the cast included a pair of real-life siblings.
" ... the excellent cast which includes Jimmy Chisholm, David Baker, Louise Gold and Ann Louise Ross" Thorn Dibdin THE STAGE
I gave up trying to select star performances among this big 10-strong cast, already working as a tight ensemble and showing tremendous promise for the season ahead. Mark Fisher, HERALD, 16 September 1995
"This is one of the best plays of the 1980's and the 10 actors in 22 parts give an impressive account of company playing" John Peter, SUNDAY TIMES, 24 September 1995
ensemble is lead commandingly by Max Gold, Sean Baker, Eric Barlow and Louise
Links about Our Country's Good
Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml This interview mentions Louise's work at The Edinburgh Lyceum, although the two shows are not named, she is evidently referring to Our Country's Good and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
STA (Scottish Theatre Archive) Catalogue entry for this show: http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/sta/search/detaile.cfm?EID=16421
Wikipedias entry for the play itself (which may make interesting reading): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Country's_Good
Johnny Johnson review: http://www.qsulis.demon.co.uk/Reviews/Johnny_Johnson.htm - Not really anything to do with Our Countrys Good, but as one of the cast members from this production of our Countrys Good happened to be the leading man in this Lost Musicals rediscovery of a piece of vintage 1930s American political theatre, might as well include a link to a review of it.