"Blurred" And "Black Rock" Australian Play Analysis

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The International Young People's Festival explores the passion and emotions youths experience in today's culture, whether it's the surfing community of Australia, the "schoolies" week they plan at the end of high school or even experiencing tragedies, the youth culture is an important part of our society. The plays that are being considered for inclusion in the festival are "Blackrock" (by Nick Enright) which unravels the death of a teenage girl at an underage drinking party and explores how the youths handle the situation. The second play is "Blurred" (by Stephan Davis) which reveals multiple stories of different teenagers preparing for Schoolies week and their consequences to the influence by alcohol. This festival "enables young people understand themselves further, to explore their own ideas and experiences and the world they live, using techniques and language of the theatre." It should also give the opportunity to explore and dramatize larger lessons of justice and injustice which they see in the world around them, and which they often feel the powerless to influence. Through exploring the two plays by Australian writers about the life of an Australian's formative years and the experiences they face, a decision on the appropriate play that represents the Australian youth culture to other countries at the festival, which will be held Vancouver, Canada, will be made."Blackrock" is not light entertainment, or an easy play to read. It deals with an ugly and disturbing subject, but does so in a thoughtful and sensitive way, acknowledging the brutal reality of violence against women as an unfortunate experience in life. The plot of "Blackrock" is about teenage violence that existed within Australia at the time; an example is that the language and actions teens make are very abusive throughout the play when ever they drink alcohol. The play contains many themes that involved the lifestyle of Australian youth including; Surf culture, mateship, teenage rebellion, peer pressure and partying (Underage Drinking and Drug use). However, Blackrock centralises on the idea of Mateship, where you are put into a position to do the right thing or betray your friend. Jared is to choose either do the right thing and tell the police who the murderer is or to keep the secret. With supporting themes such as teenage rebellion where the person opposes their parents command, peer pressure is when you are forced to do something because people are basically abusing you to do so otherwise you will be unpopular. Also the theme of partying is quite important to the Australian youth culture, compared to other countries. Australian teens tend to underage drink and abuse drugs more. It also explores the diminished responsibilities of people under the influence of alcohol and the dire consequences of actions linking to the events in Blackrock."Blackrock's" targeted audience should be about 17 years old and over, whether a less mature person can understand and explore their own...

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