. Playwrights often use stage as a way of challenging the audience to consider about social and political issues. Discuss this with reference to one or more plays.
(No Sugar focus, although Othello has also been studied)
Davis' presentation of the social, realist, drama “No Sugar” can be considered as a forum to highlight the impacts of the European social and political philosophy of the early 20th century on Aboriginal society. It is a political text that exposes social issues. It expresses these issues using the form of drama and the use of staging conventions to challenge the audience into developing an opinion on the topics.
The play was staged on a perambulant model, meaning that the action of the play shifts between several locations: There is the town of Northam with the Police Station and two Cells, the Main Street and the Government Well Aboriginal Reserve. Then there is The Moore River Native Settlement with the Superintendent’s office, the Millimurra family’s tent and the Aboriginal camp at Long Pool. There is also the Chief Protectors Office and the Western Australian Historical Society in Perth and an area by the railway line. This allows for diversification of a conventional stage setting or alternatively
It could be said that the whole 20th Century was one of enlightenment. 2, political and religious leaders became accountable, often reluctantly. It is a hard-hitting and meaningful ploy by Davis. The weekly cost of and Aborigine"tms rations was "2 shillings and four pence" (about 24cents) and was to be reduced whereas an unemployed European received "7 shillings" (about 70 cents) At the same time the winner of the "Most Economical Housewife Contest" made do on "2 pounds 5 shillings" (about 4. On stage, these directions can be achieved by lighting, appropriately dimmed or brightened to suit the occasion. " It further demonstrates the racial prejudice endemic in the Police Force and a possible inferiority complex on the part of the Police faced with Jimmy"tms obvious intelligence where the use of force is their only counter to rational argument. like all births, symbolises continuity into the future. Acceptance of the work of Aboriginal authors such as Jack Davis and his contemporaries was only achieved in the 1960"tms. This is evident in Act 1, Scene 10: Jimmy "You recon blackfellas are bloody mugs. In reality No Sugar presents a view that is contrary to this assumption. The play focuses on the issues of handouts and provision or withdrawal of "privileges"tm and towards the end restores their culture in part with Gran rejecting Matron"tms talcum powder for Mary"tms child in preference to traditional use of ash. 50) a week thus highlighting some discrepancies Act 1 Scene 2. There is also the irony and demonstration of rebellion achieved when the Aboriginal characters corrupt the words of the hymn sung at the Australia Day ceremony 1934, near the end of the play (Act 4 Scene 5) when the Whites sing a traditional hymn "There is a Happy Land" and the Aborigines sing a parody as a song of rebellion! When viewed from an Aboriginal perspective, one has to question exactly what Australia Day really means. It is a representation of the Aboriginal culture emerging and "thumbing its nose"tm (as is always done in any form of protest!) at the privileged group in power.