1820. Irish Roman Catholics are a subjugated class. Crime and punishment define the lives of soldier John Cuthbertson, prisoner Alexander Pearce, and priest Phillip Conolly. By fate, choice, or circumstance these three men, born 18 miles apart, are transported to Van Diemen’s Land where they will act as captor, convict, and priest to one another. They grapple with the rebirth of old woes in the New World and attempt to carve out lives that make their arduous journeys to Australia worthwhile.
In the Company of Madness uses the lives of real characters to explore how fatalism persists in human society. It questions what must change in punishment and reformation before systemic oppression and incarceration can be broken.