New Production of a Modern Classic Takes Centre Stage at Sheffield Theatres

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Next month, the Crucible will stage a reimagined version of Timberlake Werternbaker’s modern classic, Our Country’s Good, as part of its tour with Ramps on the Moon.

Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play – Australia’s first theatrical production. With opposition from the officers and a leading lady who may be hanged, the odds are stacked against them.

A new touring production made in co-production with Ramps on the Moon, a consortium of seven major theatre companies including Sheffield Theatres, Our Country’s Good features the creative use of audio description, BSL and captions.

Last year’s Ramps on the Moon production of The Who’s Tommy took home two UK Theatre Awards in 2017, including Best Touring Production and the Promotion of Diversity award.

Director Fiona Buffini said: “[Ramps on the Moon] is about changing the perception of audiences and organisations.

“It’s about seeing beyond stereotypes and giving people access to all kinds of things that they’re normally denied. It’s about seeing people as human beings.”

Striving for a step change in the inclusion and integration of D/deaf and disabled individuals in the UK theatre sector, Ramps on the Moon brings together a collaborative network of six theatres to produce innovative and inclusive productions. As part of Sheffield Theatres’ involvement in the project, Ben Wilson joined the team in 2017 as Agent for Change. Ben’s role includes developing audiences, creating new relationships and breaking down barriers that individuals or groups may feel will stop them getting involved in the arts.

Our Country’s Good is on at the Crucible Theatre from Saturday 12 May – Saturday 19 May. Tickets are priced from £15.00 (limited availability) and can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 243 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk