Be My Baby is over so it’s straight on to the next show: Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Lincoln’s amateur actors are enjoying their butterfly existence, flitting from one group to another and maintaining a freshness that eludes theatre groups elsewhere. This show is being staged as a fund-raiser by the Lincoln Mystery Plays Association but the large cast includes people from many groups – Common Ground, the late lamented Lincoln Shakespeare, Indulgence, Phoenix, Lindsey Rural Players…
The whole ambitious production is being capably pulled together by Geoff Readman, who demonstrates patience and vision in equal measure. The play tells the true story of a group of convicts in Sydney who staged a production of Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer in the 1780s. I play the part of the woebegone Irishman Ketch Freeman, convicted of murdering a sailor in London, transported and then forced to become the colony’s hangman.
There are some laughs in it too! Our Country’s Good can be seen at Lincoln Drill Hall in September.