Scumbuster saves the day!

In class, we have been reading Lockie Leonard Scumbuster which was originally written as a novel by Tim Winton, and then written into a play by Garry Fry. We have read the play instead of the novel.

This play starts off with Lockie, a young surfer boy, who is in self-pity, as he was just dumped by his girlfriend, Vicki. While he’s out surfing, he slips and has a total wipe-out, landing face-first in the sand. He is then helped by Egg, who happens to be a metal-head, which is like a 60’s version of a Goth kid. They become friends immediately, which I find very contradicting, since it is made very clear that the two types of people don’t get along. However, I believe that was the point. They then decide that the local area is too polluted, and in their own way, decide to ‘save the world’.

I think the distinction between the characters and their personality was really clear and funny. They were all unique, and had their own way of speaking, which including Australian slang, and, in Egg’s case, a whole new language. I really like the way the book uses slang and language to portray the area that they lived in. It gives the audience a feeling of amusement, as they can now see why so many tourists believe everyone here speaks with a funny accent.

I really believe this book also has a concealed implication about young relationships and just how ridiculous they really are. This is used by showing Lockie’s relationship with both Vicki and Dot. Considering this book is written for a teenage audience, it shows others who read it how much a “childhood crush” can impact someone. This was a really funny way of showing it, and a very unique idea.

I wouldn’t really recommend this to anyone my age, as I believe this book is a bit too childish for us. However, I think this book is a really good way to raise awareness of pollution for the primary students of Australia, as it explores the effects of pollution in a cute and funny way.

One thought on “Scumbuster saves the day!

  1. Haha! I think Egg’s supposed to be a 90s kid, rather than a 60s kid… but I guess it’s all the same to you, isn’t it (being a 2013 kid and all)? I really enjoyed this review. It is thoughtful and well-written. Your commentary on the effectiveness of the language is insightful, as is your view that the play would be more appropriate for primary school students. Thanks for your perspective.

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