19:45, Tue 29th March – Sat 2nd April 2022 at ADC Theatre
May 1789 - a fleet of eleven ships containing 759 convicts set sail for the other side of the world. The convicts are allowed to perform the first British play ever to be staged in Australia to celebrate George III’s birthday. With only two copies of the text, a cast of disaffected convicts and one leading lady about to be hanged, the rehearsal process is far from straight forward for their inexperienced director, Lieutenant Ralph Clark. Despite the brutality, starvation and hardships the convicts learn to respect and support one another as they work together to create a “memorable” production of The Recruiting Officer.