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No Sugar By Jack Davis

. 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 placement of the sets around the theatre where the audience may literally take their cushions to another part of the auditorium. This “restlessness” in the action then becomes a symbol of the restlessness and enforced upheaval suffered by the aboriginal people at the hands of the dominant white culture. A further use of stage directions to convey meaning in No Sugar was Davis’ persistent use of the phrases “at night” and/or “at morning” in the italicised openings to his scenes. On stage, these directions can be achieved by lighting, appropriately dimmed or brightened to suit the occasion. The use of dialogue in a Scene, contemporaneously from different locations provides a juxtaposition to h...

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