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The Eight Moon Journey

Scene By Scene

Act One

Act Two

The Voyage Out
A Lone Aboriginal Australian
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

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

A Lone Aboriginal Australian Describes the Arrival of the First Convict Fleet in Botany Bay on January 20th, 1788

Intention: The actor playing the Aborigine will have been holding Sideway during the first scene, before stepping off the stage and changing into the Aborigine costume. At the end of the first scene he then passes through the group of actors as if passing through some kind of strange dream. The other actors at first freeze, then move off slowly and begin to change. The aborigine then speaks, down stage, directly to the audience.

Performance Outcome
10/09/06 Again this is not a scene that stands up to continual dissection. I think that once you have a concept for how to present the Aborigine, based upon an interpretation of the role of the character within the play, then it’s simply a case of rehearsing the staging and delivery. I am seeking to create a dream-like quality, as dreams and their meanings are a key part of Aboriginal culture. The Aborigine steps through the characters as they end scene one and they melt away. As this is a movement based sequence, and having only spent one rehearsal on the scene, we have mapped out roughly how this works and will refine it in future rehearsals.

The way in which the Aborigine enters the space and the convicts melt away works well; the simplicity seems to affect the audience in the right way


These short scenes are obviously important and I’ve had a clear sense of the staging of the Aborigine’s appearances but not necessarily a clear grasp of how he fits into our production. Obviously he represents the indigenous peoples of Australia that were very nearly exterminated after the arrival of the colonists.

I think he links to our Grund Gestus in these terms. What happens to the natives is contrary to out sense of justice. Just as the convicts are taken from the land that bestows them a sense of identity then these people have their land taken from under them and suffer the ills and violence brought by these trespassers.

Therefore the first appearance of the Aborigine is into a sense of the nightmare of the convicts, as if they are in fact a dream – reflecting the Aboriginal mythic culture of dreams and dreaming. Hugh will approach the convicts who are huddled downstage reaching for the light streaming into the hold, with the escalation of the sound effects reflecting this sense of nightmare. Then the convicts melt away and the Aborigine is left to ponder what he has seen, accompanied by sounds or music clearly associated with Aboriginal culture.



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