Design by Nicola Holland


Governor Phillip/John Arscott - Oliver Clement
Major Ross/Ketch Freeman - Matt Pert
David Collins/Robert Sideway - Roger Woodhouse
Watkin Tench/Duckling Smith - Emily Carmichael
Jemmy Campbell/Harry Brewer - Gary Adams
Rev. Johnson/Mary Brenham/Meg Long - Clare Joseph
George Johnston/John Wisehammer - Mathew Roache
Will Dawes/Liz Morden - Katie Marks
Ralph Clark - Mansoor Mir
William Faddy/Dabby Bryant - Emily Creek
An Aboriginal Australian/John Caesar - Dan Mullings

Production Team

Director/Sound Design - Dan Usztan
Producer - Dan Clegg
Lighting Operation - Cathy Love
Sound Operation - Phil Braithwaite
Stage Manager - Dan Clegg
Costumes - Morgan Webber, Laura Summers
Lighting Design - Peter Raggett, Rob Benton
Front of House Manager - Lesley Winterflood
Special Thanks - James Cotterill

In a penal colony in 1789, a young lieutenant directs rehearsals of the Restoration comedy, The Recruiting Officer. But with a cast of dispirited convicts, opposition from sadistic officers, and a leading lady who faces being hanged, Australia's first theatrical production is in trouble from the start ...

Now recognised as a modern classic, the play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and has been performed all over the world. It was awarded the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best New Play in 1989.

Please Note: This production contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature