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Adam Warlow. Analysis of "Our Day Out". In this essay I have been given the task to analyse a stage play called "Our Day Out". This play was written in 1977 by a man called William Russell. Willy Russell was born in 1937 in Winston, Lancashire. He grew up in Knowsley's, a village just outside Liverpool. He described his school, Woodfall secondary as "chaotic, badly run. It was March 1971 that Russell discovered he wanted to be a play writer. He wrote his first play "John, Paul, George, Ringo ...and Bert" about The Beatles In the play there is a class called the 'Progress Class', this is mainly what the story is based on. The Progress Class is for children who are slower learners than most pupils, and most teachers don't understand the special needs these children require except, Mrs Kay is one of the more laid back teachers that do. Also in the Progress class there is little enthusiasm for the children to learn or even to try and pass their exams. The children that attend this feel there is nothing for them to look forward to when they leave school; their view on their very inopportune life is "what's the point in trying?" one girl called Carol Chandler is an exception for this. There are three main characters in Our Day Out: Carol, Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay. ...read more.


The Progress Class visits the zoo before they reach Conwy. Mr Briggs is taking a group around when they come across a pit with a bear in it. In my opinion, the following conversation that Ronson has with Briggs is another way that Willy Russell snidely provides the readers with a sense of knowledge. This knowledge is that the young boy Ronson relates a bear in its pit to their own life. Here are evidential quotations for my thoughts: First, Andrew shows slight interest in Briggs' knowledge of this bear and starts to question "An' could it kill y', sir?" To which Briggs sarcastically replies "Well, why do you think it's kept in a pit?" Ronson then introduces himself to this conversation with a quote that questions Mr Briggs' thoughts on this bear pit by stating "I think that's cruel. Don't you?" To which Mr Briggs counters "No, Not if it's treated well. And don't forget it was born in captivity so it won't know any other sort of life." Although listening to this teacher of obvious great knowledge of this conversational subject, Ronson still sticks to his theory that it is cruel by confidently stating "I'll bet it does, sir." I think so far in this conversation, Briggs is starting to doubt his knowledge once that Ronson, the under achieving, uneducated pupil starts to make him think more deeply about his thoughts. ...read more.


He gives her kind words of advice and persuades her therefore helping her from doing something that everyone would regret. A big shot of rapid tension is when Briggs successfully persuades Carol but she slips of the end of the cliff, Mr Briggs swiftly came to the rescue bringing her to safety away from the deadly cliff. After this Mr Briggs surprisingly thought for a treat he'll take the class to the fun fair. When they get back to school Mr Briggs turns back to confrontational as Mrs Kay excitingly says "I've got some gems of you here. We'll have one of these up in the staff room when their developed... Don't worry...I'm not going to let you forget the day you enjoyed yourself." Mr Briggs couldn't bare the fact that Mrs Kay has got pictures of him interacting with the pupils and having great fun, maybe this is because he's worried about losing his respect and discipline at school if people see this, so he persuades Mrs Kay that he'll print them using the school facilities, saving Mrs Kay money for getting them developed. Instead of printing them Mr Briggs pulls the film out and destroys the films so that there is no evidence of him having fun. So exposing films is symbolic of wiping away the good done. I think this is very selfish of Mr Briggs, the children stated that they had adored this day out and even appreciated teachers for the first time, now all they have left of this trip is memories which will only fade away. ...read more.

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