Louis Nowra: They act as grounds to support conflict between them. Lewis Demonstrates the ability to accept change, however he also shows his reluctance to assert his own morals upon others in the play. However the different personalities in themselves acts as a moral tangle all around Lewis, he essentially becomes part of the audience, redundant in a world of conformity, which is like showing his mental state is not a reflection of his morals but rather an illness beyond his control.
In the play, do you think the characters show the value of the ‘sane’ world of the 1970’s ?
Louis Nowra: I think the characters, show irrational, but at the same time individuality, in which, within itself provides shelter. The characters have been used to get the audience to consider, their own place in society, whether they dominate, or are dominated, whether they allow others to live wholesome lives, or whether they do so themselves. The characters have laid out the boundaries of this world between sanity and madness.
In the play what two distinctive styles of language do the characters contrast?
Louis Nowra: ( Interviewee sighs ) I think the natural speech of Lewis and the patients is contrasted within the stylised dialogue of Mozart’s opera. Lewis and the patients use dialogue which reflects the sounds and patterns of Australian speech. Doug is extremely crude and it reflects the lack of boundaries in all areas of his behaviour. Roy also uses crude language at times, but his speech is characterised by a tone of sarcasm, which is often conveyed in a very witty way. Henry’s absence of dialogue reflects the emptiness of his world and both his lack of confidence and what he sees as a lack of need to communicate. I think Nick and Lucy’s dialogue is often marked by a strident, political tone, which reflects their rigid attitudes.
What other language style of the...