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P'tang, yang, kipperbang

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P'tang, yang, kipperbang 'P'tang, yang, kipperbang' is a play written for television which focuses around the life of a teenage boy, named Alan Duckworth. Set after the war, the play gives the viewer or reader a well documented insight into teenage life at this point in time. The main character, Alan is not only a keen cricket fan like most boys his age, but has developed an infatuation for an attractive girl in his school. Although at first glance Alan seems to be like any other teenager, beneath this image is a boy who is healthily in touch with his feminine side. This leads to a play which not only adopts a successful comedy routine between Alan and his friends, but in the end, turns Alan into the unlikely hero of the play. The writer of the play, Jack Rosenthal ensures 'P'tang, yang, kipperbang' sets itself from the crowd. He achieves this by using a certain dramatic device, which can only be labelled as genius. Rosenthal employs John Arlott, a famous sports commentator to provide play-by-play of the test cricket match, England against Australia to coincide with the events in Alan's life. ...read more.


They won't kiss?" His friends reply by crudely remarking that it's a price they're willing to pay to employ a prostitute. Another scene which I find to be one of my favourites is one of the many Tommy and Miss Land conversations, the particular one I have in mind however is that of when Tommy is enlightened by Miss Land that she had a relationship with an American during the war. Miss Land's addition of "virtually" to the end of every sentence, along with Tommy's irony makes the scene an asset to the play; "One! One American!...Virtually.." "Old men and Yanks! Bloody old two-faced fogeys and randy Yanks! While me and my oppos are spilling blood and guts all over Africa and France and the sodding Rhineland!" Both Tommy and Miss Land are lying to themselves in this scene. Miss Land's self deceit is visually obvious as her "virtually" spree suggests. Later in the play, Tommy's claims of fighting valiantly in the war turn out to be false, he mentions in spite of Miss Land that he was fighting for Queen and country whilst she meddled with old men and foreigners. ...read more.


Ungentlemanly play from Quack-Quack." "I had bloody pontoon!" As "Quack-Quack" or Alan detaches from his friends, there are no signs of Alan even being present. Pontoon seems to be the popular topic of choice. In my opinion, 'P'tang, yang, kipperbang' offers much more than meets the eye. One of the things I picked up from the play was its employment of comedy to put across certain points, for example, the daily after school 'pressing' sessions. This demonstrates adolescent behaviour in a humorous and na�ve manner. This is a frequent occurrence throughout the play, which proves to be a success. The point made at the end by two workmen on Alan's street, which primarily left me in a state of confusion as well as no doubt many others came in the form of the following; "He'll be starting shaving next." "Then spend the rest of his life trying to stop the bleeding." Although vague, I interpret the comments to be a forecast for later on in Alan's life where as the workmen believe, despite his current desire to grow up will lead Alan to long for his days as a schoolboy again. This may be Jack Rosenthal's way of presenting the stereotypical old man's clich�. "The time you spend in school are the best days of your life." ...read more.

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