Sent to the asylum for his eccentric behaviour, Zac forms a harmful addiction to his prescribed medication and is able to break into the pharmacy and feed his addition.
It is only on a lighter dosage that Zac appears to function normally, and his occurs nearing to the plays conclusion, overall highlighting the ineffectiveness of merely handing out drugs in order to crush mental illness and suggesting that treatment occurs at a better rate when an individual is off medication.
It is this humour that allows the audience to feel comfortable, despite the tragedy that Cosi also introduces.
Nowra intended for Cosi to be laughable at some points but behind this, the play reveals terrible truths about mental institutes in Australia during the 1970s.
Firstly, Nowra allows us to question whether asylums are effective for treatment.
Zac is one character whose purpose is to expose the cruel nature of drug treatments.Additionally, Cosi also shares insight into the nature of fidelity through the intrapersonal relationships of the characters, allowing the audience to question and reconstruct their own beliefs.Although the setting of Cosi is glum, humour spreads itself right through the play, engaging and entertaining the audience. :]Nowra shares more than just humour in Cosi Cosi by Lewis Nowra is a humorous but tragic play.Beneath the comedy, several ideas are explored through the narration of the play; through the life of the asylum patients, Nowra highlights the miserable reality they face daily, subtly making a statement about the poor treatment of the mentally ill."Neighbours actor to star in cult play featuring queer characters", Cos, press release " Cosi at Urban Stages" Archived at the Wayback Machine.She says that drugs make her feel sort of living and compares junk to love, saying that Some people cant imagine life without love while she cant imagine life without junk (p.Aside from Doug, Cherry also manages to provide the audience with laughter as her personality is oddly obsessive.Her almost instant infatuation towards Lewis, her bashful nature towards Doug go burn a cat and her fierceness towards Julie touch him and Ill kill you all combine and help the play form its comical nature.Selfs perception of other people; whether or not love is a strong enough reason to trust one another.References edit "Theatricala: Plays, People, Places" In the introduction and blurb of Currency Press' published version of the play, it states that Cos is indeed a sequel to Summer of the Aliens, continuing the story of a much older Lewis.