Australian Theater Ruby Moon and Stolen

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Contemporary Australian theatre mainly focuses on the reflection of the ‘real’ Australia and communicating to the audience real and modern issues/ideas that respond to the social climate and community. Australian theatre practitioners use various performance styles, techniques and dramatic conventions to help portray their ideas to their audiences and make them feel a particular way to the ideas presented in a play. Without the use of these styles, techniques and conventions it wouldn’t be possible for the practitioners to emphasise their ideas.

Ruby Moon, a mysterious and eerie play written by Matt Cameron explores presentational theatre aspects and elements of absurdism. Cameron has used dramatic forms, performance styles, techniques
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Cameron is able to underscore ray and Sylvie’s dislocation with reality and their struggle to come to terms with their despair and grief. This character also suggests the fear and paranoia which permutes society. This is reflected in his dialogue. Also used the costuming of the blood stained T-shirt , which also adds a sense of paranoia because it may make sid look like he was involved with ruby’s death.

Stolen by Jane Harrison, depicts the broken lives of five children; Ruby, Sandy, Anne, Shirley and Jimmy; and in doing so, portrays a myriad of personal experiences of those living in Australian Society. Harrison does this through the skilful use of dramatic techniques, which are used to convey various personal experiences, such as Sexual Abuse and Personal Identity, and it is through these experiences in which Harrison demonstrates the personal experiences of the Stolen Generation.
Ruby is one of the most central characters of the performance, and she is used to portray to the audience the acts of sexual abuse that occurred within Australian Society during 1869 and 1969.Harrsion portrays this abuse and its crippling effects on Ruby’s mental state in the scene Ruby’s Descent into Madness.
This is achieved through a variety of dramatic techniques, particularly, Space, Tension and Sound. As Ruby takes centre stage we see Ruby’s Tormentors looming above her, representing their power over the broken Ruby. . . a series of
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