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The stimulus we were given to look at was the play 'Too Much Punch for Judy', written in 1987 by British playwright, Mark Wheeller. Mark Wheeller

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Too Much Punch for Judy : Portfolio 2 Response The stimulus we were given to look at was the play 'Too Much Punch for Judy', written in 1987 by British playwright, Mark Wheeller. Mark Wheeller was born in 1958 and grew up in Bristol. He began writing plays during his schooldays and now 'Too Much Punch for Judy' is one of the most performed plays ever, having toured schools, colleges, prisons, army camps and the workplace, both here and abroad. The play tells the story of the drink driving incident which happened on 20th May 1983. Its main characters are two young sisters, Jo and Judy, who like to go out for a drink and have fun. It shows how one drunken night went too far. Jo and Judy had been to an aerobics session followed by a trip to the local wine bar. Judy hadn't been drinking as much as Jo, but had still had over three quarters of a bottle of wine. They began to argue about who should drive home, Jo had previously been convicted for drink driving so, even though it was Jo's car, Judy took to the wheel. Judy wasn't used to driving Jo's car and so when they approached a bend at Scratch Bridge, she didn't turn the wheel enough and the car came off the road, hitting the bridge. The scaffolding construction sliced through the car, Judy escaped unhurt, but Jo was killed outright. The first on the scene was a man called Duncan, who lived close to where the crash happened. Duncan then dialled 999 and police officers, P.C. Abrahams and P.C. Caten, a friend of Jo and Judy's family, arrived on the scene. After Judy was taken to the hospital, P.C. Caten went to break the news to their Mum, Vi. The play goes on to show the aftermath of the accident and how Judy and Vi deal with Jo's death and how Judy deals with the guilt of killing her sister. ...read more.

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Stuart was always a quiet child and shy when meeting new people. When Stuart became a teenager he started spending more time out of the house and got into a bad crowd, he became a bit of a 'rebel' in his late teens. When Stuart turned 17, his parents paid for him to learn to drive and also bought him a very nice second-hand car for passing his test. As all of his friends started to turn 18, Stuart would be out all night for several nights every month, celebrating their birthdays. One particular time, Stuart had been out drinking and celebrating his friend Marks, 18th Birthday. When the night was drawing to an end, Stuart offered to give several of his mates, lifts home, after consuming three times the legal driving limit of alcohol. Just down the street from his friend's house, Stuart accidentally swerved the car into a garden wall, damaging both the wall and his own car. Stuart was given a small fine for this and banned for driving for two months. Two years later, Stuart was 20 years old and again, out for a night out with several of his friends. At two o'clock in the early hours of Sunday morning, Stuart made the same mistake again and drove him and his friend's home, this time he was very drunk. He had no control of the wheel whatsoever and just round the corner from the bar he had been drinking at, Stuart hadn't seen a young girl crossing from one side of the road to the other. He drove straight into her and she died instantly. The young girl was fourteen year old, Jenny McMillan, she and her friend were traveling home from the same club as Stuart had been at. Jenny's friend wasn't hit by the car. Stuart got out of the car to see if she was alright; the police and ambulance arrived within minutes. ...read more.

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The idea I contributed to this piece was to include a big contrast from the beginning to the end, making a big impact. I think this was very effective as it took the audience by surprise and really brought home the message. I could have improved my own input to this task by putting more ideas forward and suggesting other ways to improve our piece. We only used two conventions in this piece; music and narration. We used the music throughout the beginning to enforce the happy mood. This worked well as it built it up for a big contrast; we stopped the music very abruptly which showed the audience the advert had now become serious. We used narration throughout the whole piece, we narrated the short story of Jimmy and Sandy and also went on to say seriously, that they died and gave the figures of people who die from drink driving every day. I think using no conventions e.g. freeze frames and flashbacks, in our piece worked well as it kept it simple which meant the audience could absorb the message easier. The characters I played in this advert were, a young man drinking at the beginning and also a narrator throughout the piece. For the man at the beginning, I held a very stereotypical stance, drinking beer; I spoke in a 'cheesy' American accent and used exaggerated movements as I drank my beer. When I narrated the story of 'Jimmy and Sandy' I again used a fun American accent and when the mood changed, I dropped the accent and gave the facts and statistics about drink driving, looking and speaking very seriously. If we would have had unlimited time for this piece I would have used lighting to match the atmosphere in the scene at the time and also use props to make the scene at the beginning more stereotypically 'cheesy' and create a bigger contrast to the end of the piece. ?? ?? ?? ?? William Brown 11JAG ...read more.

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