Hiding sandy sandys mum sandy sandy weve gotta go

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Hiding Sandy Sandy’s mum: “Sandy! Sandy. We’ve gotta go.” – Harrison uses voice over’s to symbolise the people who have become memories for the five children. In this case, Sandy’s mum is but a voice. Harrison does this to highlight the distant relationships or non-existent relationships stolen children have with their loved ones. Sandy: “Always on the run” – This line represents Sandy’s character as well as holistically, he symbolises happy-go lucky Stolen victim who is never able to find a place he truly belongs to. The repetition emphasises his position of always running from something, the authorities or even his past. Uncle figure: “Someone dobbed us in and they took him” – Harrison is showing real examples of what happened to the Stolen children, as she based the play of numerous interviews with victims and people involved with the stolen generation. Many children were ‘dobbed in’ by various white people who believed in the government’s policies or were racist. Chorus: “Run Sandy” – Harrison employs chorus to emphasise the situation, as the children all have the same perspective and that is that the white people are taking them away. It rained the day Stage directions: ‘Sounds of thunder and rain’ - Harrison uses sounds like these to create the Mise en scene. In this scene, the Mise en scene is Jimmy’s house before he was stolen. The thunder and rain act as a pathetic fallacy to show the danger to come for Shirley as well as to contrast the manner in which Jimmy was taken. Shirley humming – Here, Harrison uses humming to create an eerie atmosphere and recount of her capture. Echoing – Harrison uses echoing to emphasise the distance between Jimmy’s mother and Jimmy. Jimmy’s mother’s dialogue changes in volume from loud to soft to symbolise stolen children’s distorted memories of the past before they were stolen. ‘But it is Anne who is shaking him awake’ – Unfortunately, this is a nightmare which was very real. Line-Up 1 Lightest to darkest’ – Harrison is showing the very real situations Stolen children were put in at the time. It shows the irrationality and racism that occurred at the time towards Indigenous Australians. Shirley: “Not our homes, Sandy, their homes” – Harrison is very obviously directing this to the audience to understand the position Stolen children were put in. They have been separated from their homes and love ones and being put into ‘care’ of people who they shouldn’t have even met. ‘Ruby has been chosen. The bright light she looks white” – Harrison does this to emphasise the racist elements of the situation, that white people ‘chose’ who they wanted rather than why needed actual care. In effect, Harrison uses the light to symbolise the eventual circumstances which she is ‘assimilated’ into ‘white culture’.
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  • Fall '19
  • Indigenous Australians, Ruby, Cameron, Sylvie,  Ray, Anne. Harrison

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