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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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