The Dreamers (play)
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The Dreamers is a play written by Jack Davis. The play is set in Western Australia. The story takes place over a period of six months in the home of the Wallitch family. It was first performed on 2 February 1982 by the Swan River Stage Company at the Dolphin Theatre, Perth. Although first performed in 1982, the play is contemporary and can be understood in a current context.
The play maintains an elegiac tone throughout for a tribal past, for a people one physically and spiritually in harmony with their world.
Jack Davis wrote this play to influence public opinion and bring about improvement in the Aboriginal situation.
The play features the following characters:
- Worru - An old Aboriginal
- Dolly - Niece of Worru
- Meena - Daughter of Dolly (age 14)
- Shane - Son of Dolly (age 12)
- Roy - Husband of Dolly
- Eli - a cousin
- Peter - Dolly's son (age 18)
- Darren - a white boy, (age 12 approx.)