Ruby Moon Essay

1091 Words Mar 24th, 2011 5 Pages
DRAMA ESSAY
Breanna Burgess
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. In the play ‘Ruby Moon’ Matt Cameron the playwright uses various techniques such as symbolism, transformational acting, cyclical and episodic dramatic structure and a fractured fairytale. Ruby Moon was written by Matt Cameron in 2003. It is a story about a well known tragedy. In Flaming Tree Grove everything seems to be perfect. A young girl, Ruby Moon
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Sylvie sees the mannequin as if it was really Ruby ‘Oh, baby! Look at you! You’re soaked. Let’s get you out of those wet things. Get a towel Ray! Its okay, you’re safe now... Mummy’s here.’ Not only does Sylvie use this Mannequin to make her feel like the baby is still alive; it is possible that the packages sent of mannequin body parts, is the mother bringing in a new element into the sick game, trying to make sense of what has happened.
Through this play Matt Cameron uses transformational acting as a way to portray the idea that it is possible for Ray and Sylvie to be playing a sick game with each other trying to make sense of what happened. As Matt Cameron calls it ‘theatre magic’ Matt Cameron uses this technique that could only be used in theatre to have its full effect. So we can question the message he wants us to receive without having a resolution. It’s like Ray and Sylvie represent society and they want the truth at the same time don’t want the truth. Do we really want to know the harsh truth of what happens behind closed doors.
In Ruby Moon we don’t have a conclusion to what happened. The message conveyed through this is that we have no conclusion in our own lives, but we can find solace in fiction of a fairytale which is the sub-story in the play. As Sylvie states ‘I want to hear the story’.
The play is episodic. Tension builds throughout each scene so that the audience can see the deeper mystery and bigger
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