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Our Day Out

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Our Day Out Anthony Stapleton Introduction Willy Russell was inspired to write Our Day Out by his own experiences when he was a teacher at a comprehensive school. The play is set in a very run down part of Liverpool in the early 70s. This play is about a progress class which go on a trip for the first time, the deputy head who joins the trip unexpectedly changes this and believes they should be quiet and not have so much fun but to learn. As the day goes on the children get up to all sorts of mischief including stealing, eventually the deputy head finds out about this and his attitude towards the kids deteriorate further. Mr Briggs just wants to get them back to school as soon as possible. When put into a situation however with one of the children threatening to jump from a cliff he loosens up and takes the class to the fair where they have a great time. However at the end of the day Mr Briggs takes the negatives of him being fun and happy and exposes them to the light. ...read more.

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She is also prepared to lie for them when she lies to the bus driver about the life of the children. Mrs Kay is can stick up for herself and the children as she stands up to Mr Briggs and says she's going to the beach. Which also shows she not scared of Mr Briggs. Mrs Kay is always up for a laugh and is fun, she plays with the children and dunks Kevin's head in the water when he's been cheeky. When they walk out of the sea she gets a towel and dries his face which shows she also caring. Mrs Kay is genuinely concerned when Carol goes missing. And when Carol is fount she cuddles her. At the end of the play Mrs Kay suggests that the teacher should go for a drink she trying to include Mr Briggs since he's changed his attitude. The bad thing about Mrs Kay is that she can't control the class as much as Mr Briggs can. ...read more.

Conclusion

The childrens reaction to Mr Briggs getting on the coach show that he is disliked. It says he was a blue cloud on the horizon. Out of the two main teachers I would choice Mrs Kay. I would choice her because she understands these children and her motherly nature is the key to part of her teaching. Also she wants to give these children the most as she takes them to extra places on the trip. I think that Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs would make a good combination for a good teacher. Mr Briggs had the power to control the class but he doesn't have the respect or deeper understanding like Mrs Kay. Since Willy Russell went through an experience similar to this that inspired him to write this story. I think he wanted to show us how human nature can get the best of all of us and that there is a large gap between pupils and teachers. But Mrs Kay shortens that gap. ...read more.

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