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Choose three key moments that were the most important sections from the play and where the drama was built around.

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For our second module, we looked at the study of the play 'Our Day Out' by Willy Russell. The play is about a special needs class from Liverpool going on a day out to Wales, and the different dilemmas they put their teachers Mr. Briggs and Mrs. Kay through (like stealing animals from a zoo). We had to choose three key moments that we thought were the most important sections from the play and where we thought drama was built around. For us, the key characters in the story are Mr. Briggs, a strict teacher Mrs. Kay, a gentler teacher, and Carol, a quiet pupil in the special needs class. We used different explorative strategies whilst developing and performing our drama. This essay is the response to the play. Our first key moment that we chose was a conversation between the headmistress and Mr. Briggs. We thought this was a key moment because it showed a drop in Mr. ...read more.

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Briggs destroying the film at the end of the day out. Everyone in our group agreed on this key moment because it was a big twist in the storyline. Mr. Briggs had an aside in our drama. We wanted only the audience to see that Mr. Briggs hadn't really changed and that he was back to his normal self in no time. We had marked all three key moments in different ways. We did this so we could show the audience the most important parts. The different techniques used also made it easier for us to pin point the key moments because it developed our drama. Our first key moment was marked by a still image, which showed the audience how displeased Briggs really was. Creating still images forced us to understand the play and the characters better so we could place them in a significant way in relation to each other. ...read more.

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However, Mrs. Kay started defending herself; she broadened her shoulders and held her head high to appear bigger which gained her status. Mr. Briggs responded by seeming to shrink so there was an apparent change in status. Our final key moment was marked by an aside by Mr. Briggs. The final key moment shows Mr. Briggs destroying the film after the day out. We showed him destroying the film as an aside so that the audience knew something that the characters didn't: Dramatic Irony. There was no dialogue during the aside which made it much more effective. The aside also suggested that Mr. Briggs didn't change at all and that it was all an act. It developed the audience's dislike of Briggs even more. Mr. Briggs however, regained his status once again as he was the only character left on stage and he was centre stage so all eyes were on him. Overall I think our key moments were accurate and the explorative strategies we used helped us develop our characters and our drama. ?? ?? ?? ?? Cemaliye Ballikaya 10F 'Our Day Out'- The Response Phase 1 ...read more.

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