Our Country's Good - ACT ONE

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  • Our Country's Good - ACT ONE
    • Scene One
      • Purpose
        • Introduce the characters
        • Set the scene of the play
        • Sideway's flogging introduces the theme of crime and punishment
      • Intentions
        • Feel disgusted and un-comfortable with the use of language and the conditions they were in
        • Pity the convicts conditions
    • Scene Two
      • Purpose
        • Introduces Aboriginie and the idea that they're being invaded
        • Portray's how the 'outsider' views the fleet
        • Fleet then become a 'scary' thing to the Aboriginie
      • Intentions
        • Audience should understand the Aboriginie's fear of the fleet
        • Question the overall purpose of the Aboriginie
    • Scene Three
      • Purpose
        • Shows the role of power
        • Introduces idea of redemptive power of theatre
        • Capital punishment
        • Shows Phillip is more humane - redemption over punishment
      • Intentions
        • Should feel un-comfortable and distressed when the officers discuss hanging and flogging as if it is nothing
        • Empathy for the 80 year old woman who hung herself and shock that it happened
    • Scene Four
      • Purpose
        • Reveals Ralph's selfishness and need for promotion
        • Shows the negative affect hanging has on the executioner
        • Nobody likes living in Australia
        • Shows Ralph's disgust of convict women
      • Intentions
        • Feel pity for Harry
        • Anger towards Ralph's selfishness
    • Scene Five
      • Purpose
        • Reveals Ralph's naivety
        • Reveals Sideway's desperation to be viewed as something higher than a thief and his love of theatre
        • Reveals Mary's shyness and Dabby's outgoing personality
      • Intentions
        • Amused by Ralph's awkward behaviour around women
    • Scene Six
      • Purpose
        • Reveals Ross' dislike for the play
        • Introduces character's personality clashes
        • Shows Phillip's authority and belief that the play will help the convicts
      • Intentions
        • Amused by Campbell's drunk state
        • Should begin to form an opinion of their own on punishment vs redemption
    • Scene Seven
      • Purpose
        • Shows relationship between Duckling and Harry
        • Shows Harry is controlling
        • Reveal's Harry's insecurities and quick temper
        • Duckling is manipulative and knows exactly what Harry wants
      • Intentions
        • Confused as to whether or not there is love in the relationship
        • Sympathy for Duckling because of Harry's controlling behaviour
        • Hopeful that they are making conversation/ acting happier
    • Scene Eight
      • Purpose
        • Reveals depth to Mary - she is guilty/ disgusted with herslef
        • Rivalry between Dabby and Liz
        • Shows hatred for Ketch is greater than hatred for one another
        • Shows negative implications of capital punishment
      • Intentions
        • Interested in the lives of Dabby and Mary
        • Annoyed at Dabby's betrayal of friendship on the ship
        • Entertained and intrigued by the rivalry
    • Scene Nine
      • Purpose
        • Ralph's sexual frustration
        • Ralph's loneliness
      • Intentions
        • Sympathy
        • Un-comfortable or embarrassed by his enterance
    • Scene Ten
      • Purpose
        • Background to character's/ Mary's guilt
        • Power of language
        • Wisehammer's need/ desperation/ love for Mary
        • Mary's lack of interest in Wisehammer
      • Intentions
        • Pity for Wisehammer
    • Scene Eleven
      • Purpose
        • Growing sense of unity
        • Harsh reality of punishment vs redemption
        • Development of Ralph and Marty's relationship
      • Intentions
        • Sympathy for Liz - she has never been treated with respect
        • Frustration
        • Disgusted

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