• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

0 How far do you agree "Our Country's Good" is about the redemptive power of the theatre

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How far do you agree "Our Country's Good" is about the redemptive power of the theatre At the end of the play the prisoners have shaken of the mind forged manacles imposed on them by society, they finally see themselves as free. This can be highlighted by the way they see their futures at the end of the play, Sideway wants to start up his own theatre company, the others his actors, and Wisehammer wants to become a famous writer. They see themselves having a future at the colony, for they no longer want to escape by boat, as in the last scene Dabby says how she is escaping that night but the others don't want to and then she quickly changes her mind. This contrasts hugely with the start of the play where Wisehammer says, "we'll remember England together," at the start they see themselves as convicts not the colonisers that they come to see themselves as. The theatre essentially reforms them from convicts into citizens of the crown, it has given them a chance to contribute to society instead of annoying it. ...read more.

Middle

The theatre redeems Liz's belief in the justice system, when asked why she didn't say didn't steal food, she replies, "it wouldn't of mattered," yet she asked for Ralph to be told she didn't do it. It is men like Ross which have destroyed her belief in justice for he would take the word of a drunk soldier as evidence, and the fact that she remained silent as evidence that she was guilty. It is Ralph and the theatre that makes her claim her evidence, she was part of something in the theatre and had found family, it had given her hope where there was very little. The theatre has redeemed their humanity, in the outset of the play they were cruel and harsh, some were violent criminals such as Arscott, when Ross asks Sideway to take off his shirt he feels shame in front off Ralph, for Ross says, "I have seen the white of this animal's bones," It is the same for Dabby who is told to get down on all fours and Mary who he hoist up her skirt. ...read more.

Conclusion

Tench's view on the prisoners is that they should be learning practical skills and cannot understand the reformation process that the theatre offers to the prisoners, he is not reformed by the theatre as he is a practical man who sees everything in black or white. Collins' views are unchanged, he believes in fair justice for the prisoners for example Liz, but has little compassion for the prisoners, he sees the play as nothing more than a social experiment, there is no emotion from him when he says how a 82 year old woman hands herself. While not a bad person he isn't redeemed b the theatre. The theatre redeems Phillip's confidence in the colony as it offers a chance of redemption of the convicts, he didn't want a woman hanged as the colony was already very demoralised, and their was a chance of mutiny with the lack of food available that also kept getting stolen. The theatre offered the colony hope which was ensure by Phillip's enthusiasm in the project. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ross Taylor RMG-13-H ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Theatre Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays

  1. A2 theatre studies portfolio

    This was sung by me and as such I had to deliver it with gestus as well as the other actors responding to my actions with their own gestus. It begins with Kerry, Ben, Rob, and Chris playing various potential army recruits, placed in different positions on different levels acting

  2. Contextualising Our Country's Good.

    From the above we can see to what extent Wertenbaker was true to the real story of the convicts in Australia. There is also a strong cultural significance to the play. It was written in 1988 for the Royal Court Theatre in London.

  1. Live Theatre Review - The actors and director of The "Woman In Black" had ...

    I personally didn't find it a fear-provoking piece of drama although I know others did, and I can understand how it happened. People were sucked into the drama and its world and certain things didn't remove them from it. I felt that all of the clicking and the people in

  2. Performing arts skills

    of three and created a performance to show the other group as feathers we synchronised some movements and individually moved to create a realistic performance. At first we lay on the floor and learnt to relax each part of the body, helping us create the part of a feather.

  1. The Devising Process

    The opening and closing scene, set in a classroom was also staged with actors sat, this time huddled centre stage to mirror the audience of children, allowing them to relate to us. We used key pieces of Elizabethan costume such as rich jackets, cloaks and skirts to help create a

  2. AS Theatre Studies Portfolio

    We saw temptations as pulling us away from our ultimate goal, which at the moment mainly is university because this is why we are here doing a-levels and were we need to go to get a degree to get a good job to earn money for a future.

  1. Musical Theatre Report

    Comedians Edward Harrigan and Tony Hart produced and starred in musicals on Broadway between 1878 and 1885, with book and lyrics by Harrigan and music by his father-in-law David Braham. These musical comedies featured characters and situations taken from the everyday life of New York's lower classes and represented a

  2. Drama and Theatre studies - practical- coursework

    It's almost like saying every woman has a tigress in them and you push her then it will be unleashed and she will fight back! Arab men and domestic violence- Item 2 (enclosed) From this article you can see the main reason these Arab men were abusive to their wives was because of their patriarchal society.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work