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One does not create a stage drama or any kind of entertainment with the intent of portraying life in a completely realistic manner In saying this however there need to be real universal issues within the production to allow an audience to understand and engage with what is happening These issues need to be displayed with some form of non-realistic element to engage the audience let them create their own meaning and ultimately make the issues interesting by being displayed differently to reality The stage drama Away makes use of non-realistic elements to comment on the issues of conservatism and materialism which are valid issues in todays society but if portrayed realistically would be quite monotonous to an audience Stage dramas are not real so there is no possible means by which they could realistically portray life They can only provide non-realistic elements like resolution character interaction and stereotypes to make a narrative about real life leaving the issues open to interpretation As with all stage productions Away contains many conflicts which ultimately build a narrative where the main objective is to resolve these conflicts and restore normality for the characters and their situations Gwen is an example of a person who values material possessions thinks less of people who are less wealthy than her In Away there are many examples of Gwens materialistic nature Weve got a brand new caravan Everything you could want In response to hearing that Tom Vic and Harry are camping in a lean to she makes the comment They shouldnt be going on holiday if they cant afford one This shows how Gwen prides herself on having more than other people and that her material possessions are what she uses to raise herself in the social hierarchy Gwens materialistic nature creates tension between the other characters in the play and this tension needs to be resolved to bring about order Away creates an unrealistic resolution to Gwens
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