No Sugar

Introduction

No Sugar is a play written by Jack Davis which is intended to expose Australian racism. It is a story set during the Great Depression, in Northam, Western Australia, Moore River Native Settlement and Perth. The play focuses on the Millimurras, an Australian Aboriginal family and their attempts at subsistence.

The play explores the marginalisation of women and Aborigines within 1920s and 1930s Australian society. The pivotal themes in the play include racism, white empowerment/superiority, Aboriginal disempowerment, the materialistic values held by the white Australians, Aboriginal dependency on whites and the value held by the Aborigines of family.

A. O. Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines during the period in which the play is set, appears as a character.

The play was first performed by the Playhouse Company in association with the Australian Theatre Trust, for the Festival of Perth on 18 February 1985.

It also was chosen as a contribution to Expo 86 in Canada [1] [2]

The play won the 1987 Western Australian Premiers Award [3] and in 1992 the Kate Challis RAKA Award for Indigenous Playwrights [4]


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