What is the significance of the title of the play ‘Shoehorn Sonata’? This play is written by John Misto he effectively communicates history, heroism and reconciliation between the the two characters and the projected visual and auditory images.
This play portrays significance in our history and how it is remembered. It focuses on the lives of the two women, one British and one Australian, who we’re evacuated from Singapore. It helps us to look beyond the pain of the two women characters, it captivates the audience to not go on and not acknowledge the past of these women and all women who were involved. Act one scene one is about   the history of the text and the composer uses a variety of dramatic techniques to portray these themes. The theme “darkness/silence” is shown at the beginning of the play when Bridie is first introduced to the audience, there is darkness and silence. Bridie then begins to talk out of the darkness were a spotlight is shone on to her, there is a spotlight so they are aware of who she is. Bridie begins to tell her story’s, she also explains what ‘kowtow’ is and then explains how strict the ‘nips’ were.
The play opens with a scene almost as dramatic as the characters, introducing Bridie. She stands on a spotlight demonstrating the “Kow Tow” bow for respect in the centre of the stage then “claps her hands sternly”, immediately revealing the strong assertive nature of her character. The audiences become intrigued, and listen as she straightens difficulty from the Kow Tow, showing she is forceful and feisty but not young. As the “On Air” sign becomes visible the audiences realize she is being interviewed as she informs her audience she had enlisted in WW II following her dad’s footsteps. She tells her audience that her father gave her a Shoe-horn and two pieces of advice, “Don’t sit on a toilet seat until you have lined it with toilet paper” and “Never kiss a Pommie on the lips”.
A marching song “Fall in Brother” was heard as images became...