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Our Day Out Our day is a 20th century drama play. It is written by Willy Russell and is based upon a school trip from the inner city Liverpool to Conwy Castle in Wales. It is set in the late 70s to the early 80s during which time there was a high crime rate, high unemployment rate and a great lack of oppertunity. Most people living in Liverpool at this time were living in Council Estates wich were cramped, graffitied and very polluted. Most of the residents of these council estates worked in the factories or were unemployed. The play focuses closely n the lives of the children living in these council estates and how they react when they are taken ut of their familiar surroundings of the city and taken to the fresh clean countryside. Willy Russel expresses the points of view of both the pupils and the teachers but he does however persuade the audience to relate to the childrean and recognise their needs and points of view of the children. Each of the teachers on the trip expresses a different and original style of teaching. Mr Briggs is very strict and believes very strongly about the children being well-disciplined. He almost scares the children into respecting him. Whereas Mrs Kay gains the childres respect by listening to them and caring abut them. She is laid back and quite informal, she has fun with the children and tries to help them. ...read more.


He tells her that she would need food and water and shelter and stuff and that she wouldn't be able to survive on her own. Section 3 Our first impression of Mrs Kay is some what different to the impression we got of Mr Briggs. Mrs Kay seems quite laid back and in the job for the children rather than her reputation with the headmaster. Mrs Kay is a open-minded, tolerant and kind hearted teacher, who is affectionate for the children as people. She understands that a lot of the children come from a deprived background and makes allowances for this, she genuinely cares for the children; She tells Maurice "to come away from that road", when they are waiting for the bus , because she is truly concerned for his safety, not because she enjoys ordering her class around. She is seen as being quite manipulative at he beginning of the play as she she manages to distract the bus driver so that Colin and Susan can get the children onto the coach. This was quite a selfless thing to do for the kids and shows that she cares. Mrs Kay doesn't feel the need to shout - unlike Mr Briggs - because the children respect her for being nice to them. Mrs Kay sees the children as lost souls, failures and factory fodder, she can see that they are not ging to get very far in life and probably end up following ...read more.


When carol is talking on the bus about living in the countryside Mrs Kays says that she can try even though she knows Carol wil always live in Liverpool but she doesnt want to stop Carol from dreaming. She almost doesn't seem to want to admit this to the children. Mrs Kay does not believe in traditional stles of teaching and thinks that discipline and high tandards are no the way to teach the children. She doesn't sem to be able to understand why society puts those children to the back of the 'queue.' She seems to want the children to ate least have a good day out even if they have to go back to to the injustice of their society. Conclusion Willy Russell wants you to be onMrs Kay's side. We knew this because of the way the characters are percieved right from the outset of the play. We are instantly expected to be on the side of the children and are therefore going to be on the same side as anyone being nice to the children. You can tell this by the attitudes that uses towards both pupils and teachers. Mrs Kay does not believe in traditional teaching methods of discipline and high standards, she is lost to understand the unfairness of a society which puts these children to the back of the queue. She wants the children to least have a good day out, even if they are not going to resolve the struggle of the unequal chance and social injustice. ...read more.

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