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“Theatre reflects society, questions society, asks society to question itself.” How have the Australian plays you have studied used styles and conventions of theatre to achieve this? In your answer, refer to your study and experience of the two plays set for the topic studied. Both Ruby Moon by Matt Cameron and Stolen by Jane Harrison address contemporary social and cultural issues in Australian society, each offering different insights. Ruby Moon utilises a style of heightened naturalism, a conflict of fantasy and reality and recognisable archetypal characters to convey Cameron’s point of view on Australian suburbia. On the other hand, Stolen employs absurdism, symbolism and a wide breadth of characters to portray the pain caused by the Stolen Generation on both a personal and societal level. Through the use of these techniques, Ruby Moon and Stolen reflect and question society. Cameron describes the style of his play as “heightened naturalism”; that is, the characters and situations are not realistic, but nor are they completely absurd. Instead, Cameron creates a portrait of Australian suburban life that is a little off kilter yet still recognisable to audiences. This sets up Ruby Moon as a distorted reflection of society, and allows the audience to question their place within it. For example, the use of the fairytale motif throughout (“RUBY [voice over]: It begins like a fairytale...”) highlights the fact that the play takes place in a heightened reality. The use of this technique became clear to me in a class workshop, in which I read the parts from the storybook in the play while others acted out the lines, with movement and sound effects. In doing this, I was able to grasp an understanding of how these storybook elements were used to create a picture of heightened naturalism in the world of Ruby Moon . This impresses upon the audience that what they are viewing is a story, allowing them to view it critically and contemplate the societal questions it raises. As an actor, this affected how I approached my
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  • Fall '19
  • Indigenous Australians, Matt Cameron, Ruby Moon

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