We had great hopes for this production at the National Theatre. The last Australian play we saw – When the Rain Stops Falling, Shaw Festival 2011- was excellent. This one did not live up to the standard.
It was an interesting view of the treatment of the prisoners transported to Australia by the soldiers sent to keep them in prison. The action also demonstrates the complete obliviousness of the British populations to the aboriginal people around them.
The most interesting thing about the evening was the actual stage, which has a wonderful round centre that can rise, tilt and rotate at the director’s pleasure. The second most interesting this was the open captioning for the deaf audience, which we found useful just to help with some of the accents.