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Ray and sylvie only to escape your gallery of madman

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Ray and Sylvie: “Only to escape your gallery of madman” (Ray and Sylvie act out a section of Dawn and Carl’s dialogue) – Cameron now shows the audience that they are purely acting out. Ray: “We can’t keep blaming ourselves or those around us” – Cameron might be alluding to Ruby not being stolen or neglected by the parents, but she ran away on her own accord. Sylvie: “I still don’t trust the others” – They both still have a mentality of not trusting, even if those characters don’t exist. Ray: “We know that once upon a time there was a little girl called Ruby Moon” – Cameron shows the audience that the entire play, its plot and characters, are fictional, however the themes and issues remain important and existent in real life. Ruby: “the curtain girl...behind the curtain girl” – Cameron is alluding to the fact that people only know about a few abduction cases/murder cases but there are so many cases which are unheard of as they never became popularised by the media. People like Ruby remain, speculations, compared to those who have been given media attention. Victims like Ruby remain ‘behind the curtain’. Stolen Quotes Arriving Stage directions: Actors walking through the audience rather than traditionally appearing on stage. Harrison does this to emphasise the ‘travelling’ each character has been through. Stage directions: Transformational acting – characters slipping into children. Their ‘stream of consciousnesses or chorus of individual dialogue creates a cacophony of emotion which sets the audience for the play’s intentions. Ruby: “My mum’s coming for me” – Typifies the heartbreaking conundrum the stolen children had experienced. Adult Flashes Ruby singing lullaby: Many characters throughout the play sing chant or act out some form of innocent game/song which Harrison uses to express the innocence of the children and contrast this with the ‘adult’ situations the children have gone through.
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The individual statements of dialogue made by each character give the audience an understanding of what each character is like. Ruby is the busy character, Sandy is the traveller, Anne is the privileged, Jimmy is the searching and Shirley is the one with children. This is the basic nature of each character which Harrison develops throughout the play. Shirley: “I bet there is nothing like the feeling of holding your new grandchild, or any child, in your arms” – Harrison hints to the audience of the precious nature of children and the value they have to people. This is being contrasted by Ruby’s screams: “I want my mummy ”. Stage directions: “A Bell rings – everyone except Sandy begins cleaning” – Sandy is alienated from the others by not cleaning. The smell of Phenol wafts out to the audience” – The Mise en scene is set up as a stark institution which the phenol symbolises the dirty chores the children were made to do, as well as to ‘disinfect’ the environment.
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  • Fall '19
  • Indigenous Australians, Ruby, Cameron, Sylvie,  Ray, Anne. Harrison

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