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Does Mr Briggs or Mrs Kay have the more realistic expectations of the children in our day out?

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Our Day Out Assignment Dose Mr Brigg's or Mrs Kay have the more realistic expectations of the children in our day out? Our Day out is a play written by Willy Russell it was written in 1977 it is about a group of children from the progress class. it is in the inner city of Liverpool and there going on a trip to Conway castle in Wales the children are poor and don't have much money a quote to support this is 'Carol rushes along the street wearing a school uniform which doubles as a street outfit and her Sunday best. She is eating half a sandwich and clutching a supermarket carrier bag.' The characters are: Teachers: Mrs Kay who is in her early forties she is very kind to the children, she is a bit like a mother hen she doesn't have very high expectations of the children and she doesn't think the children are going to get anywhere in life . ...read more.


This reputation was a reflection of the industry in the area so business men stopped wanting to invest in the area. These factories are very important when considering the questions because Mrs Kay understands the area where the children come from and she knows there only fit for factory work .where as Mr Briggs comes from a different back ground and he doesn't understand the children he only deals with the intelligent kids he thinks that if the kids worked harder they would be able to achieve more. Mr Briggs is strickt he finds it hard to understand the children he is a good teacher but he has a different philosophy to Mrs Kay he dose care about the children though even though he doesn't show it 'How long have you been smoking, Andrews ? Andrews: sir, I don't smoke sir. (Pause) since I was eight sir. Briggs: and how old are you now? Andrews: sir, thirteen sir. Briggs: what do your parents say about it? ...read more.


Pause as they each go into their respective thoughts .Briggs turns and looks at Mrs Kay .she looks at him and smiles warmly .He tries to respond but doesn't quite make it . This is where Mr Briggs starts to learn more about the children and begins to understand the situation a bit more. Mrs Kay is the teacher of the progress class she is kind and cares about the children she is in her forties and is a relaxed teacher she trusts the children and she isn't strickt a quote to show this would be 'Mrs Kay has taken off her shoes and has stockinged feet curled up under her, carol has her arm linked through Mrs Kay's and is snuggled up to her they look more like mother and daughter than teacher and pupil. The children going on the trip are in the progress class the council expects the children in the progress classes in Liverpool are only fit for factory fodder but the problem is the factories are closing down. The School expects that Mrs Kay will just keep them entertained and out of the way ...read more.

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