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Ray and sylvie i heard he is an inventor of what its

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Ray and Sylvie: “I heard he is an inventor” “Of what?” “It’s a secret” – Cameron is again showing the problems of suburbia where people keep things to themselves rather than keep a healthy dialogue with the people they live near. Ray: “Oh I’m not going to stop. Plead with me. Beseech me to stop...Beg me!” – This strange violent sexual fetish shows the frustration of Ray. It symbolises the games which both Ray and Sylvie play, including becoming their neighbours. It is still unsure whether Ray and Sylvie actually have neighbours, live in a cul-de-sac and have a daughter called Ruby but this ambiguity is exactly what Cameron wants. He never gives the facts that prove if even any of the characters or the situation existed in the diegesis because the fact is that the entire plot is not based on fact. Cameron is using this fantasy world to explore concepts and issues which do exist in real life, to the point of exaggeration to emphasise them. The audience’s struggle to ‘figure out’ what exactly is going on is futile and acts as a theatrical, entertaining ploy to harbour real and serious issues. Scene 10
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Carl – His character is the eccentric and seemingly harmless character. Cameron uses Carl as a theatrical ploy to offer the audience one last refuge for Ruby’s abductor only to trick them. Carl: “It’s the black hole, its ravenous” – Cameron uses the black hole as a symbol of the unknown factors which take children/people. He uses it as a ploy to represent the innumerable people who have been killed, taken or lost over time and never found. Epilogue ‘moonlight’, ‘headless doll’, ‘creepy voice, ghostly whisper’, slow knock echoes’, ‘wooden pipe refrain’, ‘trap door’, ‘shines torch into darkness’, ‘mannequin’, etc. – This creates the final Mise en scene to be completely surreal and abstract. Cameron makes the final scene a collection of all the fantasy and dream like elements found through the entire play to set up the atmosphere of complete confusion and paranoia. It is Ray and Sylvie’s final stage before they re-start their ‘story’. Sylvie dressed as Ruby: “Daddy” – Cameron again is distorting any sense of normality in the play. He makes Sylvie dress as Ruby and act sexual to encompass the repressed feelings Ray and Sylvie have had for each other and their longing for Ruby. It is visually disturbing and exacerbates the atmosphere of being surreal. Sylvie: “this is how it goes, doesn’t it?” – Cameron shows they have done this before. The entire world they live in is a play. Cameron uses this to symbolise the unfortunate state people find themselves in at times of great grief, unable to stop reliving the moments or events which lead up to a horrific issue.
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  • Fall '19
  • Indigenous Australians, Ruby, Cameron, Sylvie,  Ray, Anne. Harrison

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