Black Mary and Gunjes by Julie Janson

By Julie Janson

"Black Mary & Gunjies" is a play telling the tale of Aboriginal bushranger Mary Ann and her companion, Captain Thunderbolt, roaming northwestern New South Wales within the mid-nineteenth century. Dressed just like the males, Mary Ann is among the gang, coping with to outlive within the outback and to elude trap more often than not. She desires of returning with Thunderbolt to reside along with her humans yet as a substitute witnesses their bloodbath and plots revenge. The play premiered in Sydney in April 1996.

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What'll it be? FRED: Something to eat. MRS BYRNE: Oi've bread and cheese, but oi've nothin' more. FRED: That sounds good, we'll have two helpings. ] MARY ANN: And some wine. ] MRS BYRNE: Ye know it won't do ... Oi'll not be called a hard woman but yer blackboy will be hevin' to eat outside on the verandah. Oi down't keep a house for blacks here. Ter's a tin mug hangin' outside on moi well. ] MARY ANN: I'm not drinkin' out there. MRS BYRNE: [to the customers] Will ye look a t it? Out ye go, go on, git!

LOUISA: Mary Ann'11 kill you. Get away! FRED:Your body drives me mad. LOUISA: Well, I'm married and I'm Christian. Now, get out of it. FRED:You're soft like a persimmon, ripe to be plucked. LOUISA: You're a bad man, Fred. FRED: You'd melt in my bloody mouth. LOUISA: What will you give me? FRED:[pointing to himself} This is it. I could turn you in for the reward. LOUISA: FRED: You won't! There's no pardon for a capital offence. LOUISA: Two hundred pounds is a lot. FRED:There's a lot of me. ] [BRITTEN BRITTEN: When you're finished ...

MARY ANN: Go and get Fred and a midwife. BRITTEN: God's truth, what can I do? Boil water? What? [Hepaces around in confusion. ] Look, I'm sorry, I didn't realise. I wouldn't have ... I'll find him, don't move, I'll be back ... ] Where do I get a midwife? MARY ANN: Get! ] ANN, ACT ONE - SCENE 12 Scene 12 - Kidnapping Louisa There is the sound ofpounding rain and thunder. FRED enters with BRITTEN. They have LOUISA with a blanket over her head. She is screaming. Let me g o , damn y o u ! P o l i c e , help!

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