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An interview on Blue Remembered Hills.

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Blue Remembered Hills Interviewer: 1/ You wrote the play for television not for the stage, did this effect your decision to set the play in the Forest of Dean? Mr Potter: Yes it did effect my decision very much in many ways. Firstly it would be very difficult for me to make a forest on stage as it would take too long and it would not be as precise as I would have like it to be. Secondly I know the Forest of Dean very well and all its places, hideouts etc. So it would be very easy for me to choose which scene is in which part of the forest. Also the forest is a natural place so it would be miles better then cramping it all into one small stage and the audience sitting down not feeling the real experience. Finally the children would have more freedom to run about in, wherever they liked and they would also be able make their own mistakes in the natural forest instead of having to make mistakes for them on stage, which would be very hard. Interviewer: 2/ Why did you set the play there and use that dialect? Mr Potter: I decided to set the play in the Forest of Dean because that was were I was brought up so I knew the place well and decided to set it from my memory and experience. ...read more.


I would like to conclude that the games the boys and girls play are in effect with what is going on around them which then was World War II which explains why the boys are influenced to play Such games as pretending to be the Itie and girls playing house. Interviewer: 5/ The children used a lot of swear words, why was that? Mr Potter: When the girls were playing together with Donald and they pretended to be adults they used a lot of swear words "I should bloody damn and bloody blast and bugger flaming bloody think so and all." They did this because they thought that was how Adults spoke to each other for example their parents, and especially during then it was World War II so their parents would be angry with the Germans and using bad language a lot so the children would pick up from them. Interviewer: 6/ A lot happens in a short space of time, why did you decide to have all the events happen in one afternoon? Mr Potter: As you saw from the beginning of the play there is already some dramatic things happening when Angela and Audrey were playing with Donald they start to bully him by calling him names etc. "Donald Duck! Donald Duck! Quack! Quack! Quack! Donald Duck! Quack! ...read more.


I never did anything. I wasn't even holding the door." this shows that they were in a state of shock about what happened and felt emotional and regret full. Interviewer: 9/ That poem at the end is moving, how does it link in with the rest of the play? Mr Potter: The poem is to show that in our childhood we are always happy and enjoying ourselves but there comes a time when all the fun we have comes to an end and our childhood will never come back to us again and all our happy days are over. "The happy highways where I went and cannot come again." So it's to say that our childhood only comes once and never comes again. Interviewer: 10/ Thank you Mr Potter, is there anything else you would like to add? Mr Potter: Well I would just like to say that although this is a short play I think it certainly summarises a lot of important issues such as bullying and that people should not do anything they would regret such as bullying and it just shows how all children's childhood begins and how it ends and I think that this play has a certain theme don't do anything in your childhood that you will later come to regret and you should certainly live it to the end with happy memories. Huthifa Alani 10p3 ...read more.

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