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In 'Tissue' how does Louise Page present the political elements and what impact do they have on the audience

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Louise Page uses various political elements in her play. In woman's theatre the issues are more often based around the personal and domestic aspects of the home and family. Page addresses breast cancer in her play emphasising that it is a subject appropriate for the stage, this also demonstrates that these issues have just as much social and political significance to the audience as other issues approached by male playwrights. She uses theatre to raise awareness of breast cancer and the treatment and she constructed the play in a way that informs both male and female viewers.

Page uses short episodic scenes to help maintain the audiences attention and to help them remain focused on the facts that are being expressed in the narrative. There are only three characters in the play woman, man and Sally, which means no characters except Sally become developed so the audience doesn't become engrossed in the lives of the characters. The two characters woman and man represent different people throughout Sally's life, which affected her and in some cases loved and supported her. On occasions in the narrative the characters take on childlike roles, which is trying to demonstrate Sally's past and demonstrating how factors change her views in life.

The state of the NHS in the 1980's is a big political theme throughout the play she uses many ways to demonstrate this. In scene ten Sally addresses a receptionist in a doctors' surgery, the receptionist doesn't take Sally's feelings into consideration and shows no empathy towards her Page is trying to raise questions about how people were dealt with, by the NHS at the time. This scene has a slightly comic edge to it but it indicates the extent of Sally's problems and demonstrates how some areas in the NHS do not use care and understanding in their practise which is just as important, maybe even more so, than the medical expertise required.

Scene three shows another side to the NHS, the woman in this scene is taking on the...