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My Mother Said I Never Should " Directors notes for Act 1 Scene 10

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My Mother Said I Never Should - Directors notes for Act 1 Scene 10 What is the scene doing? It starts out as a normal eight year olds birthday, presents are given and the cake is cut. But really it's a chance for Margaret to dig at Jackie for not being there to watch Rosie grow up, a competition - who can get Rosie and keep her. At the end of the scene Jackie knows that Rosie doesn't need her anymore, Margaret makes sure she does and tells her outright. Jackie asks, "She doesn't need me, does she?" to which Margaret replies simply "No" so Jackie cant say anything back and as if her in her place. Rosie is unaware of all that is going on underneath Margaret and Jackie's conversation, she just wants to have fun on her birthday, another year gone and she wants to move on. She wants to bury her past, and be more grown up. Turning Points The scene starts out with everyone happy, Jackie and Rosie are in the garden while Margaret is busy in the house. They are talking and Rosie just sees it as talking to her big sister whereas Jackie is trying to bond with her daughter. As soon as Margaret comes out though everything changes, Jackie is not able to get close to Rosie and this upsets her but Rosie knows nothings wrong. ...read more.


Instead of all this scenery there could just be two pools of light in which the characters can move in and out between the scene. At the start of the scene it would just be Rosie but then as Jackie comes in they would share a spotlight. When Margaret comes in however Rosie joins her light. Jackie is left out and in her own pool of light just as she is left out in the text, this just emphasises the point. Props The spoon is a large deep tablespoon with crusted dirt on it, it is rather rusty as if it has been used for gardening before. The doll Suky is very old and looks it. The remains of her hair have been spiked to look 'punk'. She is completely naked apart from one red sock and her body has been decorated with several safety pins. The cake is large and decorated with multicoloured icing and has 'Happy Birthday Rosie' written on it. It has candles arranged around the outside and is presented on a shiny silver board. The tray is flowery, plastic and looks quite old and worn and is holding two matching small crystal glasses for Margaret and Jackie, the third is a bright orange plastic cup for Rosie. The last of the props- the parcel- is small and wrapped in brown paper; it looks lumpy but is quite soft and squidgy to the touch. ...read more.


in this scene, the way she tears up the cheque and takes control of Rosie just to show Jackie that she's the one Rosie trusts and is closer to. She has been there all of Rosie's life so Rosie automatically trusts her anyway. When Rosie is upset she offers motherly support and makes her feel better which is something that Jackie's doesn't do. Rosie Rosie's main motivation is to just have fun on her eighth birthday and be more grown up, her big sister Jackie is round and she hasn't seen her for ages ' One ... year... and four months.' She wants to get rid of her child hood in order to be more like an adult and so buries her doll Suky, she wants alcohol and is obsessed with the sex pistols, basically she wants to be like her sister Jackie. She has painted a picture of the cherry tree in the garden but is too embarrassed to show Jackie, as she knows she's so good at art she wants to live up to her reputation but thinks she cant. She only wants to show 'mum' and Margaret feels triumphant, she has the painting she has Rosie and she's won. Rosie ends up saying she hates Jackie and clings to Margaret. After Jackie has been all over protective and upset her she doesn't seem to be the cool older sister she was before. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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