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The Eight Moon Journey

Scene By Scene

Act One

Act Two

Pre-Set
The Voyage Out
A Lone Aboriginal Australian
Punishment
Loneliness of Men
An Audition
The Authorities Discuss the Merits of the Theatre
Harry and Duckling Go Rowing
The Women Learn Their Lines
Ralph Clark Tries to Kiss His Dear Wife’s Picture
John Wisehammer and Mary Brenham Exchange Words
The First Rehearsal

Pre-Set
Visiting Hours
His Excellency Exhorts Ralph
Harry Brewer Sees the Dead
The Aborigine Muses on the Nature of Dreams
The Second Rehearsal
The Science of Hanging
The Meaning of Plays
Duckling Makes Vows/A Love Scene
The Question of Liz
Backstage

The Aborigine Muses on the Nature of Dreams

Intention: Again the Aborigine will move into the end of the previous scene and the other actors will melt away as if it is dream for the Aborigine. Also, the next scene will spill over blurring the edges of this individual scene, thus highlighting the fact that the world of the colony is spilling into the world of the Aborigine

Rehearsal
Text
Performance Outcome
11/10/06 At the end of ‘Harry Brewer Sees the Dead’ Brendan freezes above Helen on the final line and the Aborigine enters walking cautiously towards them. He then crouches nearby and tentatively reaches towards them but before he can touch him they melt away. This indicates a sense that their worlds are slowly overlapping, that the dream may not be a dream. The music will slightly change to reflect this slow decay.

This moves the scenes on well, cutting off the emotion of the previous scene. The way Helen and Brendan roll out of the scene is both slightly physical but also emphasising the presentational nature of the performance.

 

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