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Book Title: Così|
Edition: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Date of issue: April 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780868194035
The author of the book: Louis Nowra
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.76 MB
Read full description of the books Così:My drama class studied and performed this for our senior production this year and as with most prescribed literature or plays forced upon- that aren't Shakespeare, mostly- I didn't like it to begin with. I initially looked at it with a stark realism, and saw only raving mad people and a couple of political kooks. But Cosi is not only (and perhaps not even) presenting the perception of madness, but more rather questioning it, the impact of an ostracised society and the morals of love and life. It's as wonderfully enchanting as it is inquisitive.
The opera from which it is titled features in the production as both an outlet for escape and enlightenment, and a parallel. Cosi explores the mannerisms of human relationships and creates a story that examines the futility of institutionalism and the power of theatre. I loved how the characters got so excited over their performance (feelings that paralleled mine as I walked on stage) and what stepping out of their own skin and confined existence meant to them. It was a great interest and happiness of mine that each line of dialogue served as both a funny and characteristically insightful jibe, and also a question on fidelity, sanity or the nature of war; its practicality, use and need for condemnation.
The developments of the characters as they prepare for the final performance showed the effects of patients eschewed by society and the categorisation of “normal” and “insane”. Regularly in the play, I was aware of the perception and wisdom shown by the mental patients that often the “normal” characters lack- an understanding particularly shown through the patients’ emphasis on the relevance of love and fidelity, topical in Mozart’s libretto.
The miserable image of the theatre is what opens the play, and the first impression that Lewis gains as he enters the world of the institution. The theatre is representative of the state of mind of the patients, and also the environment in which they are confined, which I think is a wonderful device- an an incredible juxtaposition when the crew starts rehearsing the colourful and vivacious COSI FAN TUTTE on the burnt and dilapidated stage.
I was deceived by the apparent insanity of the patients in the asylum, and initially saw the actions of each character as random and each sentence formed by arbitrary thoughts encouraged by the treatment and exclusion that the asylum provides. However, Cosi is much more than an examination of the effects of institutionalisation. Louis Nowra has wondefully and talented wrought complex thoughts and expressions into a curious, heart-warming, thought provoking and hilarious play. Well done; four stars! (four because of the amount of times I had to read it.. over...and over...and over.. and over) I could quote the whole thing right now, if you asked!!
Read information about the authorLouis Nowra (born 12 December 1950) is an Australian writer, playwright, screenwriter and librettist. His most significant plays are Così, Byzantine Flowers, Summer of the Aliens, Radiance, and The Golden Age. In 2007 he completed the The Boyce Trilogy for Griffin Theatre Company, consisting of The Woman with Dog's Eyes, The Marvellous Boy and The Emperor of Sydney. Many of his plays have been filmed.
He was born as Mark Doyle in Melbourne. He changed his name to Louis Nowra in the early 1970s. He studied at Melbourne's La Trobe University without earning a degree. In his memoir, The Twelfth of Never, Nowra claimed that he left the course due to a conflict with his professor on Patrick White's The Tree of Man. He worked in several jobs and lived an itinerant lifestyle until the mid-1970s when his plays began to attract attention.
His radio plays include Albert Names Edward, The Song Room, The Widows and the five part The Divine Hammer aired on the ABC in 2003.
In March 2007, Nowra published a controversial book on violence in Aboriginal communities, Bad Dreaming.
Nowra has been studied extensively in Veronica Kelly's work The Theatre of Louis Nowra.
He resides in Sydney with his wife, author Mandy Sayer.
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