The Removalists

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The Removalists, written by David Williamson, is a play set in the seventies. The basic plot is two sisters walk into the police station to complain about one sister being physically abused by her husband. The two police officers then help her move out but not before beating her husband quite severely. In the end, one of the police officers loses control and beats the husband to death, although unintentionally. One of the main issues explored in The Removalists is that of police brutality. Simmonds (the veteran police sergeant) and later Ross (a new recruit) are both excessively violent towards Kenny (Fiona’s husband), whom they eventually kill. There is an attitude of resigned acceptance towards this brutality, as Rob (the removalist), Fiona (who was bashed by Kenny), and Kate (Fiona’s sister) are all present when Simmonds is attacking Kenny, yet none of them attempt to do anything to stop the violence. Kenny realises that Simmonds is going to bash him further when Rob, Fiona, and Kate have Continue...


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Later, when Ross goes berserk and attacks Kenny, Simmonds of course does nothing to stop the fighting, and in fact his first question to Ross is, "Did you let him get away Another, perhaps even more important issue explored in The Removalists is that of police corruption. The majority of ideas presented about these are accurate representations of the attitudes held by most Australians, and are very relevant, even today. left, "That sergeant's gonna beat the shit outa me. Williamson portrays issues and attitudes surrounding domestic violence and its demoralising effects on women. The attitudes expressed towards the extensive police corruption in The Removalists are quite realistic. After Kenny begs Rob to call in police from another station, the removalist says, "You must be mad. However, until now, attitudes have again been those of resigned acceptance, as people believed that there was little that could be done about corrupt police, as officers stick together and most courts believe the word of a police officer over that of the accused. He explains to Ross early on that, "Something doesn't have to be very big before it's too big for us and likewise something doesn't have to be all that small before it's not worth worrying about, therefore the workload at their particular police station is quite low. Another central issue in The Removalists is that of domestic violence. Then, when he realises that he and Ross have gone too far in bashing Kenny, he offers to organise free time with these prostitutes for Kenny in exchange for his silence about the bashing. However when Kenny dies from his injuries a short while later, it is Ross who goes berserk, suggesting that "Let's get a shotgun and make it look like suicide. Other important attitudes explored in Williamson's play are those of law and order. Do you think they'd come down and collar their own mates.