No Sugar

Introduction

No Sugar is a postcolonial play written by notable Indigenous Australian playwright Jack Davis 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 Aborigines within 1920s and 1930s in Australia under the jurisdiction of a white government. 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]

No Sugar forms the first part of a trilogy, the First Born Trilogy, with The Dreamers and Barungin (Smell the Wind). The trilogy was first performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company during May 1988 at the Fitzroy Town Hall.[3]

The play won the 1987 Western Australian Premiers Award [4] and in 1992 the Kate Challis RAKA Award for Indigenous Playwrights.[5]


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