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The Removalists

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A young policeman's first day on duty becomes a violent initiation into the nastier aspects of law enforcement (2 acts, 4 men, 2 women).
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Currency Press (first published 1972)
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Dec 08, 2007 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Williamson is probably still our national playwright here in Australia. I'm probably showing my State allegiances as much as anything else in saying he hasn't written a play that matches anything he wrote over twenty years ago. But he did move to Sydney at that time, and what can one expect? In the immortal words of Barry Humphries - I'm not just an Australian, I'm a Victorian.

This play is like no other by Williamson before or since. I think it is easily his best play, and that is really saying
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Dec 15, 2012 Ben Thurley rated it it was ok
It's probably un-Australian, but I'm going to admit to not being a huge fan of The Removalists. The overt and covert violence in domestic and social relationships and in the very specific relationships between police and civilian is presented pretty starkly, there is exploration of issues of masculinity, dominance and control, but to my mind the power of these observations is undermined by a large element of psychological implausibility in the play, and the evacuation of any possible moral groun ...more
Jalen Lyle-Holmes
I liked the genuine dramatic tension. especially from the end of the first act onwards, and the focused activeness of the play. Also that is was very Australian without being *about* being Australian. On the other hand the dialogue is pretty quotidian, though definitely adequate, and I'm not sure about the pop-psychology-ish aspects of the way the violence is treated, i.e. all the 'snapping'. It's interesting to see how David Williamson started out, with something genuinely interesting and alive ...more
Lauren Jankovskis
I've seen this play performed as a 20 minute piece, edited down from the original script and I found it to be more enjoyable than to read the play in its entirety.
There's such an inexplainable shift in The Sergeant's character and ideas towards women between Act One and Act Two that I was left a bit confused.
I also found that the second act dragged on and scandals were addressed for the sake of lengthening the plot.
Overall, Act One is great. Leave halfway through Act Two.
Jun 20, 2012 Kuro rated it liked it

Well, it was quite some insight into Australian police in the 70s but aside from that, power and authority? I have a feeling I'm not going to do well studying this.

As for the play itself, not bad, had some great insults in it, but aside from that I don't find it particularly interesting.
Jun 25, 2012 Lanxal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful play but damn, there were waaaay too many asshole characters.
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David Williamson AO gained a Bachelor of Engineering at Monash University in 1965 before briefly working as a design engineer at General Motors Holden and in 1966 he began lecturing in thermodynamics and social psychology at Swinburne Technical College.

Mr Williamson began writing and performing plays in 1968 with La Mama Theatre Company.

The Removalists and Don's Party established him as Australia'
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