Symbolism In The 7 Stages Of Grieving

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Practice Essay – Contemporary Australian Theatre Section I — Australian Drama and Theatre (Core Study) 20 marks Attempt Question 1 Allow about 45 minutes for this section Answer the question in a writing booklet. Extra writing booklets are available. In your answer you will be assessed on how well you: ■ demonstrate knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre relevant to the question ■ express your point of view and use appropriate supporting evidence and present a sustained, logical and well-structured answer to the question Question 1 (20 marks) ‘The weakness of Australian drama is that it relies on stereotyped characters to explore serious social and personal issues.’ Discuss…show more content…
The set is very symbolic, a black space edged in white with a grave of red earth in the centre. The stage arrangement symbolises the centrality of the land to Aboriginal people, and also the way in which they have been constrained by white culture. As the play progresses, each of these elements is activated in a symbolic manner. Above this hangs a block of ice which is suspended by seven ropes representing the seven stages of Aboriginal history. The ice drips onto the grave; tears for the grief Aboriginal people have experience over the last 216…show more content…
It is a down-to-earth and, in many ways, clichéd account of a personal story that taps into a serious issue. However, it is deeply touching if performed with

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