Anne-Louise Rentell’s production of Marcel Dorney’s new play, Charcoal Creek, imagines a past shimmering with brutality. Set in Charcoal Creek, NSW (now Unanderra), in the late 1870s, the land is lush but devastation – the murdering of Aboriginal people – has scarred the environment and the psyche of the colonials. The narrative doesn’t deal head-on with black and white Australia but instead recreates the kindling of fear and prejudice; the burnt landscape of the mind.
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McKinnon, C. "A scarred colonial psyche." Realtime 110 (2012) Aug- Sept p.41