Ruby Moon Essay
In class we are performing ‘Ruby Moon’, the scene that we have chosen is scene 6 which is between Sonny Jim and Sylvie, this scene establishes the broken and psychotic world they inhabit and contextualises the grief felt by the protagonists. It demonstrates the dark and twisted atmosphere of the characters world and shows the audience the irrational state in which they live. All throughout the play we sense the important values present in Australian ideas that are represented in the world of the text. We observe the disruption of the moral code and the sense of grief and loss that the protagonists are feeling due to the absence of their child, this is a catalyst to the expression of their emotions and is connected to suburban issues as well for example how the times have changed dramatically and how normal relations disintegrate under the pressure of the parents reaction to their child’s loss. To indicate these ideas through staging there is a variety of things we could do, for example expressing the despair and desperation in the text through the use of space between the characters at all times, having them close when trying to find answers and information about their child then moving further away when it is not obtained, this works well in our scene because Sylvie is always desperate and questioning everything, having her close to the other character also implies interrogation and invasion of their personal space which is also what she is doing anyway by knocking on every door in the neighbourhood and expecting answers. To establish the twisted and broken world that they live in, having all the characters clothes on a coat rack towards the back of the stage symbolises the split personalities the protagonists have and how they’re forever playing out their lives in an unhealthy manner, another way to convey this through staging could be the back drop of the scene, having a large window that looks out into a dark and eerie bushland with twisted...
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