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phrase or action a number of times, which through the workshop I took to be an indication that they were to represent an archetype. In the workshop, I portrayed Dulcie Doily’s character routine, the repetition of the parrot’s “Aark, Hallelujah.” This painted a picture to me of this character not as a fully realised being, but as the physicalisation of an idea. Through the use of these archetypes, Cameron not only represents groups in society, but through the two dimensional nature of these characters questions the reality of suburban Australia. While Ruby Moon deals with middle class Australia, Stolen addresses the Stolen Generation, and particularly concerns itself with the impact on individuals and the Indigenous community. Stolen uses absurdist techniques, including a non-linear plot structure, undefined place and time and actors playing multiple roles, to convey the disconnection that has resulted in the Indigenous community as a result of the Stolen Generation. The use of these absurdist techniques was impressed upon me during a class workshop of the scene ‘Cleaning Routine 2’, in which I played a child singing the ‘Happy Little Vegemites’ parody song. Here, a randomly placed song is used to highlight the disempowering environment that the stolen children are raised in, and through performance of this scene I was able to appreciate these feelings. Harrison both reflects and criticizes this aspect of the stolen individual’s experience, questioning the way in which society has treated this group. Harrison also uses heavy symbolism throughout Stolen to reflect and question society. In the play, a filing cabinet is used to symbolise bureaucracy, suitcases symbolise the ‘baggage’ each character collects through their lives and the beds spread across the stage stand for the institutional nature of these individuals lives. The use of symbolism to question society in Stolen was highlighted to me during a workshop of the scene ‘Your Mum’s Dead.’ Here, I acted as a
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  • Fall '19
  • Indigenous Australians, Matt Cameron, Ruby Moon

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