Throughout history Australian plays have explored change, whether it be socially or politically driven and then, how they cope with the change or wrong doing. In the late 1960ÃÂs there was a revolutionary change in Australian theatre, though in the late 50ÃÂs it had become clear that a change was needed as Australians wanted to see ÃÂordinary Australians, themselves, onstageÃÂ and prior to this most plays were British or American. Debra OswaldÃÂs play, GaryÃÂs house explores how people in the ÃÂbattling underclassÃÂ kept leaving each other as their relationships with each other broke apart, also the isolation of lower socio economic people, and then how hardships cause people to come together in the end to cope with change or when something has gone wrong. Ray LawlerÃÂs play Summer of the seventeenth doll which was written in the midst of cultural resurgence in Australia, the play explores the ageing and time, stereotypes and ideals, dreams vs.
Debra Oswald, examines relationships and how people struggle as they try to build lives for themselves. The underclass in the play are represented by Oswald to be determined and to be able to cope with, and deal with changes or problems that they are faced with, hence the characters being able to develop and ÃÂ battle on ÃÂ. GaryÃÂs house reflects the characters determination through a number of forms and features of the text, including the plot, stage directions and dialogue.
The plot, in GaryÃÂs house places the characters on an isolated block of land in the bush, where Gary is building for the first time ever, a house which he can live in and that will be his house, as Gary builds the house onstage, it becomes a metaphor for Gary, making something out of life, against the odds; the house...