• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Our Day Out". Describe a funny scene and a serious one and show how the playwright manages to affect the audience in different ways.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Our day out: Describe a funny scene and a serious one and show how the play Wright manages to affect the audience in different ways? Our day out was written by Willy Russell. Willy Russell was born in Whiston, on the Liverpool outskirts, where he grew up. His parents worked in a book publisher's and often encouraged him to read. After leaving school with one O-level in English, he first became a ladies' hairdresser and ran his own salon. Russell then undertook a variety of jobs, also writing songs which were performed in local folk clubs. He also contributed songs and sketches to local radio programmers?. At 20 years old, he returned to college, and later Liverpool Hope University, and became a teacher in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. Around this time he met his wife, Annie, and became interested in writing drama. As he grew up in Liverpool and worked in various jobs there in his adult life, he knew what it was like. He expressed this culture of negativity in his writing, giving a ?voice? to these people, who he had affection for and understanding of. The play 'Our Day Out' is about a group of under achieving kids, who go for a day out to Wales with two teachers. ...read more.

Middle

One of the funniest scenes takes place when the children go to the zoo. In this scene the children gain trust from Mr Briggs. The first device Willy Russell uses is in the stage directions at the star of the zoo scene are. ?They point and shriek with horrified delight at the sexual organs of monkeys?. Russell uses this to show the children?s immaturity, aiming to emphasize the fact that the children haven?t previously been exposed or had this type of experience as they have never before left the inner cities and this is shown in their reaction. His choice of language ?horrified delight? highlights the fact that the children are at first momentarily shocked and/or scared by this but then find it entertaining, this demonstrates that everything is new and strange to them. Although this is serious, it is also funny because of the language Willy Russell uses .At first in the zoo scene the children were with the teachers and acted as if they were interested in the animals, like for example ?two girls link his arms?. This scene is particularly funny because when the children gain trust from the teachers and they go and leave to have a coffee break. ...read more.

Conclusion

Whales? , this shows that Carol is sure she wants to stay in Wales in search to have a better life . This makes the audience assume that there is something going on back home and that she had given up on life , Also we know this when the writer says ?she is at peace ... a fleeting moment of tranquillity? . I think that Willy Russell manages to affect t the audience in different ways because of his humours language, which have serious messages behind it. For example, When Russell compares a trapped bear with the children. ??It was born in captivity so it won?t know any other sort of life? it?s in them t?kill you?? Here, Russell uses the imprisoned bear as a device; it is symbolic of the children?s situation. The children are ?trapped? just as the bear is trapped in its pit. I think this is particularly successful here because it also reflects the way that when it gets out ?it?s bound to be mad an? wanna kill people?. Likewise, when the children ?escape? from the city centre they cause havoc running about uncontrollably like wild animals. Also because I think that the Writer is effective in making the audience feel sympathy for the children. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Our Day Out section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Our Day Out essays

  1. Our Day Out by Willy Russel - Scene 31 Conway Castle Analysis

    Briggs thought it would be a great idea if we went to the fun park situated by the beach. I agreed, so we took the children to the attraction park. We had so much fun, Mr. briggs was such a good sport, he went on the rides with the children and included everyone.

  2. Our day out by Willy Russell - review

    He isn't concerned anymore about setting a good example for the school. When the coach approaches 'familiar surroundings' Briggs realises that the fun has got to end. He is back to reality. The clothes change. "He sits up, puts his tie back to normal, goes to straighten his hair and feels the cowboy hat.

  1. Discuss the importance of scene 35 (the cliff scene) in Willy Russell's Our Day ...

    The use of tension in this scene, creates questions in the readers mind will she jump? will Briggs fall? Analysis I think the tension level is quite high in the beginning of scene 35 due to the teachers worrying about Carol's whereabouts as she has wondered off on her own.

  2. The Lord of the Flies - In the closing scene, what does the officer’s ...

    All this ignorance shows that the adults should take more time and talk to children to really see what they think and to realize what they are capable of.

  1. "The major themes in Our Day Out are the lack of education, lack of ...

    with the blacks" as they pay more which makes the teasing worse "you must have money cos they pay a fortune for a bit of white". Willy Russell has a lot of skill to show details about Andrews's background under the humour that the kids use to describe it.

  2. Our Day Out - a play written by Willie Russell.

    Mrs Kay's good behaviour, open-mindness and tolerance is a good example to the children because she is impressionable. ' The thing is, about these kids, they're like little souls lost an' wondering the cruel heartless streets...' This shows that she has easily fooled the driver, by allowing him to see through an open point of view.

  1. The main themes in Our Day Out are lack of education, lack of opportunity ...

    We learn that Reilly's dad works at the docks and hates it. Unrealistically, Briggs tells Reilly to tell his father to "stop and take a look around. He may see things different then", an unrealistic expectation. Here we get a view of the docks through two different perspectives.

  2. The generation of audience sympathy and identification in Willy Russell's 'Our Day Out'

    Mr Briggs doesn't think that the children can be trusted. We find out about this in scene sixteen where Mr Biggs tells Mrs Kay that he thinks he needs to stay with the children. "To be quite honest, Mrs Kay I think we should all be inside, looking after them.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work