This is shown in the initial scene of the play where he harasses and tortures Ross, the recruit he is supposed to be training. He is corrupt police officer, consistently throughout the Removalists Simmonds takes pleasure in demonstrating his higher authority and therefore dominance on Ross. Another, perhaps even more important issue explored in The Removalists is that of police corruption. Despite the beatings that he is getting, he cannot seem to control his indecent language. It is the same case with the way things are said for example sarcasm can make a sentence mean the exact opposite of what the words themselves mean. David Williamson's official website - www. Her morals are questioned at various points of the play.
Kenny is a symbol to represent males in the 1960s. There are quite a few reason why the language might seem different to some people. We are repeatedly prompted to laugh in proximity to violence; indeed, the play's most violent characters, Simmonds and Kenny, are its most amusing. The conflict peaks when Kenny probes Simmonds's masculine insecurity: sexual potency. Kenny: Kenny is the typical working class Australian male and represents the stereotypical Aussie of the 1970s; he lacks education, status and is a machinist. Filmed mostly in two locations - a police station and a flat - the story may sound dreary; anything but intriguing. But the fact that she left Kenny and reported the beating means that she cannot live with his abuse any longer.
The police clearly see this as an opportunity to have sex with the two women and there is some flirting between them in their first encounter. This is an ensemble cast that plays their respective parts almost without fault. He is all the negative aspects of society illustrated in one man. Although Kenny is viewed as a total corrupted character, he still manages to be a very likeable and very humorous character. The overt and covert violence in domestic and social relationships and in the very specific relationships between police and civilian is presented pretty starkly, there is exploration of issues of masculinity, dominance and control, but to my mind the power of these observations is undermined by a large element of psychological implausibility in the play, and the evacuation of any possible moral grounding for any of the characters. She is married to Kenny who abuses her, creating most of the triggers of action throughout the play.
Kenny is a character who is disliked by the audience for most of the play until his fatal encounter with the police officers. Mr Coy has created a terrifying, despicable and flawed human of our shared species. The Removalists expresses a number of attitudes about Australian society including those regarding police brutality and corruption, domestic violence, law and order, and anti-authoritarianism. Sergeant Dan Simmonds: Simmonds is the authorial figure throughout this play. Caroline Brazier brings an intelligent reading to Kate Mason, and succeeds in creating, imaginatively, a fully rounded woman, surviving as best she can in the decisions she has made to live a life.
Simmonds- Simmonds is a middle aged corrupt police officer and can be defined as the most dominant character of the text. He is a working class man and is happy with what he has. She is also very easily manipulated by her sister, evident in the first scene with the photographs. GradeSaver is providing this content as a courtesy until we can offer a professionally written study guide by one of our staff editors. Kate is a character who has a certain amount of power over others. Simmonds establishes himself as a 'big man' — a cop who 'won't tolerate.
Some of his plays have been made into quite good films - Travelling North with Leo McKern was a wonderful film and perhaps Williamson's last truly great play. Kate- Kate is the type of Character that seems to take charge over her sister Fiona. She is very feminist and believes that a woman should be able to stand on her own feet. One of the main issues explored in The Removalists is that of police brutality. Fiona is the abused wife in the play and is confused and has mixed feelings for her husband.
Kenny: portrayed mostly as a sexist arrogant pig audience members are forced to sympathise with towards the end of the play. The audience is left wondering how a society can expect law and order when those whose job it is to enforce the law break it themselves on a regular basis. The setting of the story was changed from Melbourne to Sydney. Simmonds believes that his own skills as a police officer makes him qualified to judge Ross and his abilities. Fiona: Quiet and timid, Fiona allows her sister to communicate on her behalf. Young playwrights like Williamson, then a lecturer in thermodynamics and social psychology, were frustrated by the focus on European plays: 'we felt there was no way we could get a representation of the life around us into our theatres.
I think it is easily his best play, and that is really saying Williamson is probably still our national playwright here in Australia. The costume design Rita Carmody , also, faultlessly, follows down that visual conceit. Kate collaborates: Simmonds 'looks across at Kate, establishing something of a carnal conspiracy between them. When the play was first shown the language shocked the viewers as though no one spoke like this but that wasn't true the spoken word that was used in the play was fairly common. Although Simmonds states himself as a typical family man, he is definitely corrupted.
Predominantly worried for the safety of her daughter, Sophie, she also demonstrates insecurity and a strong passiveness to the situation. The new drama was facilitated by an alternative theatre scene, with Sydney's Nimrod and Melbourne's Pram Factory and La Mama as the crux. We are shown a very ugly side of a power inbalance born of sexual frustration as much as anything else and that lingers with the reader for quite sometime. The first flare of authoritarian violence occurs when Simmonds abuses his power to unnecessarily inspect Fiona's bruises, 'prodding her flesh slowly and lasciviously'. In the immortal words of Barry Humphries - I'm not just an Australian, I'm a Victorian. Mr Williamson began writing and performing plays in 1968 with La Mama Theatre Company. As the play progresses Simmonds reveals the dishonesty and hidden violence in the force.
The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance 2010. Throughout the play, it is revealed that Kate is extremely proud of her status and wealth because of the efforts of her husband. This aggression is manifested when Ross defies Simmonds by refusing to reveal his father's occupation. There's such an inexplainable shift in The Sergeant's character and ideas towards women between Act One and Act Two that I was left a bit confused. He continues to insult the women and criticises Simmonds's lack of authority to beat him for rudeness: 'That badge don't allow you to do anything you like. Simmonds is obviously a violent man who lacks in respect towards andfrom others. It's probably un-Australian, but I'm going to admit to not being a huge fan of The Removalists.