In 1788 British prison ships, under the command of Arthur Phillip, arrive at Botany Bay, Australia, near the current-day Sydney. Many of the prisoners have been convicted of minor theft (stealing a loaf of bread was crime enough to earn deportation) and many of their wardens are military men who fought and lost the war against the American colonies. Both groups sense they have been condemned to exile.
At a time of extremely low supplies, barbaric punishments, and low hopes, Lieutenant Ralph Clark is assigned to stage a production of George Farquhar's comedy "The Recruiting Officer."
Using convicts, many of ...Read More