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stolen by jane harrison

dramatic techniques

christine baynie

on 13 August 2012

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dramatic techniques Stolen by Jane Harrison character descriptions Jimmy:
A mischievous boy, page 5
A shamed older boy, page 23 Unspoken abuse 3
A sullen angry adult with just one ray of hope-finding his family, page 27 Jimmy's story
Finally a tormented man who gives up the fight, page 32 Racist Insults The character of Jimmy is used to show the devastation that is caused by removing children from their families and placing them in an institution where they are abused. Ironically, these institutions were supposed to be 'safe' and the new families that they were to go to were supposed to be 'better' than their own. Through character development the playwright tracks the emotional life of this child who is taken from his mother, and the ultimate tragic consequence of this action. Jimmy begins the play as an innocent and playfull boy willing to please in order to be accepted but finishes the play as a disallusioned, disassociated person with little faith in the people around him. He becomes a statistic, another indigenous youth taking his own life in gaol, reflecting the social issue of the late 20th century of 'deaths in custody'. His final speech reveals the inner torment for the young man but also gives advice to those who are coming after him, '...Brothers, don't give up fighting. Don't let it happen again. Don't let them take babies from their mother's arms. Someone's gotta fight. I just can't no more...' example: page 5
Stage directions -As the light comes up to day, we hear rooster crowing and we see JIMMY crawling out from underneath a bed.

Jimmy: Shaddup you! Bloody rooster'll get me trouble (He laughs. He 's crawling on his belly in a hurry to get out. He squashes an egg.) Oh no!

Jimmy sneaks away from the chook yard back to his bed. A voice-over of his mother comes off stage.

Jimmy's mother: Willy, where you bin?
Jimmy: Getting eggs for breakfast, ma. 'Cept some of them are already scrambled.

He laughs. symbol
character development
euphemism 1) find examples from the play that show Jimmy at these stages of life. Ruby
A very young child who feels abandoned
A used and abused young woman
A crazy beyond reach Shirley
a stolen child who becomes a mother whose children are, in turn, stolen.
a nurturer,the earth mother
she nevergives up searching for her kids and always looks to the future Sandy
always on the run
never belonging anywhere
a traveler, a thinker, a storyteller.
a man in search of something who finally finds it- a sense of place Anne
too young to understand why she was being taken from her family, Anne just saw that she was better off materially.
as a teenager she had no desire to find out more about her real family.
later, when she did meet them, she was bewildered
although still ambivalent about her real family, there is some attraction to 'going back', which is largely unresolved 2. Write a paragraph that analyses the character of Jimmy as a 'dramatic device' that is used to explore and express the issue of the stolen generation. 3.Now, in your own time, do this with all of the characters! Don't forget to write about or include your practical experience in your answers. Chose themes, issues, dramatic techniques, scenes from the plays that YOU can discuss in the same manner. Practice writing like this now. Our class went to watch a work shopped production of this play at the Wharf Theatre and during this performance, the actor playing Jimmy made a series of character choices that showed Jimmy's innocence, energy and potential when he was younger, for example, running around the stage, making jokes etc. these choices made the audience aware of the boys potential before he was taken. By carefully selecting scenes for Jimmy's character the Director illicited empathy from the audience which created greater awareness of the issue of The Stolen Generation for the wider audience, there by achieving the playwrights purpose. T
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