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Post 1914 Drama - Our Day out.

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Post 1914 Drama Our Day out. This play is about a Progress Class from a school in Liverpool, who went out on a class trip to Wales. The two main characters are two of the teachers who take the children on the trip Mrs. Kay and Mr. Briggs. Mrs. Kay and Mr. Briggs are complete opposites in their way of teaching, personalities, attitude everything. Mr. Briggs has the role of the control freak whilst Mrs. Kay gets the role of the laid back motherly figure. One of my first impressions of Mrs. Kay is that she is a very strong 'mother figure' for the children rather that of a teacher. To back this comment up on page 30 Carol asks her, "Y' know if I started to work hard an' learn how to read, eh? Well, 'dya' think I'd be able t' live in one of those nice places?" Mrs. Kay replies with, "Well, you could try, couldn't you, love. Ey?" "(Mrs. Kay smiles at her and links her arm)" This shows that she cares for Carol in a deeper sense than a teacher like Mr. Briggs. ...read more.


Like on page 52 when Mr. Briggs is told that the children have stolen the animals, "[They walk away and Mr. Briggs climbs onto the coach. His face like thunder]." This imparticular direction is very powerful, Mr. Briggs has gone from being nice and trusting the children too the complete opposite; he almost seems evil. When Mr. Briggs gets on the bus there was complete silence then he says, "I trusted you lot. {Pause} I trusted you." This makes the reader realise that he isn't just angry he is upset. During each pause none of the children or teachers knew what he was going to do next and that scared all of them and it also made the reader uncomfortable. In a part of Scene 31 Mrs. Kay looses her temper with Mr. Briggs for the first time. She wants Mr. Briggs to relax and let the kids have a nice day out, but Mr. Briggs wants control and order, he also wants to try and teach them how to behave properly. Mrs. Kay says, "...I'd suggest that if you want the chaos to stop then you should stop seeing it as chaos... ...read more.


Eh?" This shows that although he knows she won't be able to do this he's trying to get her to believe in herself and he is also trying to prove that he does care in his own unique way; this helps Carol think she can do anything in her life it's her choice to make it happen. Throughout this play I have learnt that although Mrs. Kay is a motherly teacher she is less caring than she first appears to be, and she is also very manipulative, but Mr. Briggs on the other hand is different in that he is aggressive, strict, controlling and intolerant, but during the play to certain people he becomes nicer and more caring. At the beginning of the play I preferred Mrs. Kay because she appeared to be nice, kind etc. Half way through the play I liked Mr. Briggs ever so slightly more because Mrs. Kay's ulterior motive came through, she didn't care about the kids welfare at all. At the end of the play I liked neither Mrs. Kay nor Mr. Briggs because in their own way they aren't complete opposites they are the same they just direct different emotions to opposite things. ...read more.

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