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"Our Day Out" was written to be filmed with reference to three icy moments. Write about how the film offers the audience visual images which help illuminate the ideas of the play. The play "Our Day Out" was written on the personal experiences of writer Willy Russell, in 1977, when he was a school teacher. It was a different style to other plays, focusing on children from working class families. The play tells the story of a day out for the "progress class", from a Liverpool comprehensive school. Their trip is to Conway castle, in whales, but they also make several unscheduled stops at other places, including a caf�, a zoo, and even a fun fair. But Russell is not meaning this trip to be a normal outing, it's meant to be a generalization and representation of all school trips, with classic stereotypical characters, such as teacher Mr Briggs. The play is layered with different meanings and perspectives, and on the deepest level, highlights some very serious issues, cleverly portrayed in a sometimes humorous way. For example, one stop at a caf�, the children steal sweets and chocolate from the owners. ...read more.


Mrs Kay does care for the children, but she keeps them "busy" as opposed to teaching them. She is quite the opposite of Mr Briggs, a strict, but professional teacher, because he takes his job very seriously, keeping the children inline, "there's not just our school to worry about. There's the others who come after us, and they are dependent upon the good will of the people that run these places". Briggs believes the children have potential, but it just needs to be worked on. Mrs Kay does care for the children, but she acts more like a mother than an educator, but she has a justified reason for this, "Ten years ago you could teach them to stand in a line, you could teach them to obey... and expect nothing more than a factory job... there's nothing more for them, they were born for factory fodder but the factories have closed down" At Conway castle, Andrews makes a reference to the fort, and how people defend what is theirs. H e then develops this into saying that the children of the progress class only "wreak" things because they don't develop any sense of ownership "miss, if all this belonged to us, not the corpys, we wouldn't let anyone wreak it, we'd defend it." ...read more.


Mr Briggs is eventually able to talk carol out of staying, "id of been alright if u were my old fella", which again links back to the children being like the bears, and understanding. After then, Mr Briggs is a changed man, he is more understanding towards the children, which in turn helps him to have a good time for the rest of the trip, which is backed in the film, by images of him smiling, "you don't half look funny you know.... sir you should smile more often" . But when they return to Liverpool, and get off the coach, reality seams to sink in, and things go back to normal, especially for Mr Briggs, who even destroys the evidence that he has ever had fun on the day, by exposing the camera film to light, and he's back to being the teacher, driving past the children on the street. This leaves us thinking, what has the day actually achieved? Giving the children a moment to escape from the confinement of the "progress class". The fact is nothing has changed, and nothing will change for these children. Luke Ellis 1 ...read more.

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