• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the character of Willie Mossop in "Hobson's Choice". What advice would you give to an actor playing Willie's role in a stage production of the play?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

DISCUSS THE CHARACTER OF WILLIE MOSSOP IN "HOBSON'S CHOICE". WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ACTOR PLAYING WILLIE'S ROLE IN A STAGE PRODUCTION OF THE PLAY? Harold Brighouse wrote "Hobson's Choice". Mr. Brighouse was born in Lancashire 1882. Harold Brighouse wrote a lot of plays featuring Lancashire. Harold was a very clever in school but wasn't interested in going to University. Mr. Brighouse was brought up happily in middle-class family. Mr. Brighouse's father was called by the name of John Brighouse. Mr. Brighouse was a Theatergoer. He went to local theatres. When went on holiday to London he found a whole different world. Mr. Brighouse returned and quitted his job in the office to become a full time play writer. Mr. Brighouse and some local people formed a group called Manchester School of Dramatists. Manchester School of Dramatists wrote about ordinary people and their lives. The newly formed group changed the art of plays. During 1800-1900 plays were mainly about the rich and popular. Manchester School of Dramatists changed play writing and involved the poor and ordinary. In 1914 the play industry halted because of the outbreak of World War One, which lasted for four years. At the start of World War One Mr. Brighouse was in France. He was forced to leave France and return home. At this point Mr. Brighouse really started to concentrate on writing his plays. When Mr. Brighouse started to write his plays with passion and pride he wrote the play "Hobson's Choice." ...read more.

Middle

To stress how the actor can play Willie's part like a child at the start of the play, the actor will say his lines looking half way up from the trap door observing the so called adults (Mrs. Hepworth and Mr. Hobson). Willie in act three looks and seems to have more confidence. Willie rushes his little speech at the start of act three. Maggie in front of Hobson shows that Willie is the master of the house. This is shown when Hobson asks Maggie if he can come in (Maggie's and Willie's house). Maggie replies, "well, I don't know. I'll have to ask the master about that." Willie has got a lot more confidences than he had in act one and two. Willie when asked question replied back with strong answer and also interrupted Hobson when between each sentences. Hobson, ".... I've dodged them, and they've caught me in the end. They'll squeeze me dry for it." Willie, "my word, and that's summit like a squeeze and all," Willie interrupts Hobson and also is trying to bring comedy in to the play at the expense of Hobson. Willie seems to be astonished when Maggie refers to the " Salford Reporter," sarcastically Willie says, " eh by gum, think of that! To have your name appearing in the Guardian!" Willie at the end of act three is seen as a little boy as he was shown in act one and two. ...read more.

Conclusion

Willie is coming up in the world he dresses more like what he wants to be a businessman who owns his own shoe shop. So he doesn't look like a low classed person and also to show the world his position. The actor playing Willie has to make a very big change in the way he walks, talks and also the way he stands. The actor has to realize that this is not the Willie in act one and two who acted like a child. Willie in act four is a man, a bit higher than the average man. The actor will have to show this with the tone of his voice, speaking quickly and clearly. Hobson's Choice is a Lancashire comedy. It is set in 1880 in Salford. The themes apply to different times and different places. Issues that arose were about children vs. parents, women's right and employment. The language is typical and the humor used in the play. The language was spoken in a Northerly accent, foe example "owt" meaning nothing. It is a sort of Standard English. The doctor has a Scottish accent, he used words like "ken" meaning understand and he also says "ye" and "ma" in English he means you and my. Hobson's Choice is very hard to direct. The stage direction are very detailed and paresis. It would be very difficult for a stage designer to put this on stage. For example, the stage director has to some how get Hobson's shop, the cellar 39A Oldfield Road and also Hobson's living room on stage. Ummer Chaudhry 11H :) 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harold Brighouse section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harold Brighouse essays

  1. Hobsons Choice - Focus on Will Mossop's character. Trace the changes and developments ...

    that she is marrying Will and that he cant do anything about it. When Hobson hears this he threatens to hit Will and Willie says: " If you touch me with that belt, I'll take her quick, aye, and stick to her like glue".

  2. Hobson's Choice Summary

    Scene Five As soon as her father and Jim have left, Maggie raises the trap-door and tells Willie Mossop to come up into the shop. Maggie tries to make Willie understand how valuable he is to the business. She makes the point that Hobson's stays in profit because of her

  1. Demonstrate, in detail, how the writer uses language effectively to represent Maggies character and ...

    Hobson doesn't like Maggie trying to order him about because she is female, but Maggie doesn't back down. Maggie and Hobson have a battle for dominance because neither one will take orders from the other this shows how strong and stubborn Maggie and her father can be, they have a

  2. Hobson's Choice

    I answered after studying the picture. "What's going on?" A momentary glance between the two officers told me it was something big. "The thing is...she was reported missing last night..." Chapter 3 I didn't know what to do. Should I tell them?

  1. Hobson's Choice - How does Brighouse represent the character os Maggie in Act One?

    he have his daughters married he would be required to pay the husbands settlements with which they are to take on the 'bother' of looking after their wife. Hobson is outraged and rather forward thinking on this issue as he realises that his daughters are in fact rather useful to

  2. hobsons choice

    She is afraid to have Willie as the brother-in-law of her rich husband Albert, because he is of lower class and used to be their shoemaker. Vicky is not as fussy as Alice about Willie entering the family, but she is often found making undignified comments about Willie such as "He hasn't The spirit of a louse".

  1. Hobson's choice

    Hobson, as they supported class distinction (Willie under trap door), however in the 21st century most people would have sympathized with Willie and Maggie as they were treated very badly, and did not have their own rights. This play is so dramatic it is difficult to believe it could happen.

  2. In Act 2 when Alice tells Maggie " I don't know what your aiming ...

    They are also horrified that she has set up home with furniture from a Flat Iron Market. I think that the question " Where's your pride gone too Maggie?" is one of the most important pieces of text in the play.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work