The dramatic and thematic concerns presented in scene five of, Box the Pony, by Scott Rankin and Leah Purcell, are important to the overall structure of the play. In scene five, we learn about the main character Steff, the fictional retrospect who plays Leah, who yearns for physical and spiritual escape. This scene also makes explicit the significance of the motif of the song, “Run Daisy Run”, and the “Pony”, that is referred to frequently throughout the play. Furthermore, we are introduced to Florence (Flo), Steff’s mother.
It is in scene five that the audience is for the first time, formally introduced to Flo. We are already aware of the fact that Flo is a single mum to seven bastard children. In this scene, it is through Flo’s way of life, that the audience is able to learn about the constraints experienced by Aboriginal women; and due to Flo’s inability to cope with these constraints, she relies on alcohol and music as source of temporary comfort from her responsibilities. Paradoxically, we also learn that her temporary escape is also preventing the freedom of her child, Steff.
In scene five, Purcell uses costume to construct Flo’s character,
she finds a large pink floral sun frock, which she holds up.
LEAH Steff’s mum. Florence. Big Woman.
LEAH puts the dress on
The use of a costume to characterise Flo, helps to form a vivid image of her. We are given the impression of an obese Flo who is as loud and boisterous. In addition, we learn, that Purcell puts emphasis on “Big Woman” to give the audience an insight to Flo’s character; a powerful force – a ‘big’ woman of immense dignity and charm. By doing so, Purcell, emphasises Steff’s love for her mother even though she was the cause of her entrapment and insecurity.
In scene five, music is an important technique that is used to convey Flo’s beliefs as well as a change in setting. Initially, there is a country-western song playing, t...