play by Hannie Rayson
future, the lectures on Australian drama will be condensed into
point form. More information will be gained by attending the lecture.
These notes will provide you with enough material for examination
purposes but please be warned, you should attend every lecture
to gain the full benefit from this advanced drama unit.
source: Rayson, H. 1995. Hotel Sorrento, Currency:Sydney)
Rayson explores the idea of feminism and the role of men
in the 1990's through the exploration of the relationships
of three very different sisters, Meg, Pippa and Hilary.
is concerned with posing questions rather than answering
them. She wants to activate and engage us as an audience
inviting us on a journey of genuine enquiry.
poses a number of questions:
changes have taken place during the last decade?
is the line between a healthy nationalism and blind patriotism?
our literature profound and passionate?
far have we come in terms of our quest to articulate an Australian
this play we see a weaving of cultural identity through
several layers of narrative - an exploration of ideas about
loyalty or betrayal from the perspective of Meg's response
to the country of her birth, her fiction and her family
a piece of theatre, rhythm is important here - the sharing
of information, pieces of comedy and pathos, the juxtaposition
of short scenes to form the larger picture
are dramatic and contradictory at times and can only be
understood through an appreciation of the internal conflicts
and changes which occur throughout the play
are a number of recognisable character types - a 'Pom' who
reveals an unconditional love, the hard edged New Yorker
advertising executive who reveals within a frightened girl
craving for attention of her older sisters and an outspoken
feminist who has a centre both fragile and lonely
are important 'characters' : Marge, who both partakes and
observes the dramatic action. She provides an 'audience'
to offer comment on the events of daily life
theme of 'ownership' is very important here - the family
becomes a metaphor for Australia. Just as a family must
look at itself in a new light from time to time, so must
a nation. The question is posed: 'How much should we criticise
our family or indeed, our nation?'
Meg, there is a love/hate relationship with her family and
her country. She questions the male dominance of this country.
Through Meg, Rayson invites us to move forward into the
nineties proclaiming the strengths of women whilst gently