Q1- How does Scott Rankin’s Namatjira explore the complexity of relationships?
The complexity of relationships are explored explicitly through the development of strong friendship between Namatjira and Rex, the teacher-student relationship between Namatjira and Pastor and the relationship between Namatjira and his artworks including the Western culture.
It is their lack of knowledge of each other’s culture and the desire to learn and to improve beyond their circumstance that complicated their relationship. This was shown by the quote (Act 1, Scene 16),”I can take you. Places no-one has seen, by camel, and you can teach me to paint and you can teach me to speak English, proper way.” Through the use of allusion, this illustrates the collaboration of Namatjira with his white mentor, Pastor and subsequent friend Rex Battarbee.
Effect- showing their desire to learn through the exchange of knowledge.   Their situation evolved rapidly in the play. At first, they had no knowledge of each other, but were then developed into friends through few conversations. Thus, allows the audience to feel the complexity of being caught between the two worlds and the relationship between Albert Namatjira and Rex.
This highlights the exchange of artistic and cultural knowledge and the pursuit of luminosity that takes their alliance beyond this divide.
Q2- Who is the audience of Namatjira? How does Scott Rankin engage them in the story?
The audience portrayed in Namatjira are Non- Indigenous and Indigenous people. Scott Rankin engaged the audiences through using stories and performances based on the historical, cultural and social value. It was shown through the work on a massive chalk mural dominating the back of the stage throughout the progress of the play. Scott Rankin also used sound effects such as singing of hymns, “Fierce Raged the Tempest” in Aranda and English and music including, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” to represent the merging of two worlds and breaking of the...