Black Mary and Gunjes by Julie Janson

By Julie Janson

"Black Mary & Gunjies" is a play telling the tale of Aboriginal bushranger Mary Ann and her associate, Captain Thunderbolt, roaming northwestern New South Wales within the mid-nineteenth century. Dressed just like the males, Mary Ann is likely one of the gang, dealing with to outlive within the outback and to elude seize as a rule. She goals of returning with Thunderbolt to dwell along with her humans yet as an alternative witnesses their bloodbath and plots revenge. The play premiered in Sydney in April 1996.

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LOUISA: Not so rough. FRED: My wife needs you. We won't hurt you. LOUISA: [shouting at him]You will be up for kidnapping. FRED: I promise we won't hurt you. ] You keep that bastard away from me. ] Show us where she is, Britten. Hurry! LOUISA: [FRED FRED: Scene 13 - Birth of Baby Lights fade. MARY ANN is giving birth as LOUISA squats in front of her. The men squat at the side. CHARLOTTE enters as ghost. There is thunder and bright light. MARY ANN'S chant is heard with clapsticks. Chanting turns into breathing i n childbirth, which underscores CHARLOTTE'S monologue.

Scene 8 - Britten Returns Some months later, MARY ANN is squatting by a fire with FRED. Feel this, not long now. ] FRED:It's jumping! ] FRED: Jesus, what's that? ] MARY ANN: Dooliga ... big Hairyman. FRED: You've seen it? MARY ANN: He's sacred. He's got no neck, big sloping forehead, an' you know what? His feet point backwards. Lot around here, you can feel him. ] FRED:Bloody hell! BRITTEN: [entering]Hey, Fred, old boy! ] FRED: Britten, you bastard, thought you were riding overland to catch a ship to Batavia.

MARY ANN: Fred'11 come lookin' for us. BRITTEN: Ooh, ahh, don't think so, he's a lady's man, he'll be busy in some pretty girl's pants. MARY ANN: Liar ... you hate him so much, don't you, it eats you up. He can ride better, shoot better ... BRITTEN: Make love better? But he's not here, is he? Let's find out ... if I can remember how ... you can cuddle up to me for the night. ] MARY ANN: Get away! BRITTEN: Couldn't you show me a little kindness? J u s t let me see your bosom. Look, I've forgotten what a bosom feels like.

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