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The major themes in our day out are the lack of education, opportunity and deprivation the inner city; discuss how Willy Russell makes the audience aware of these situations.

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The major themes in our day out are the lack of education, opportunity and deprivation the inner city; discuss how Willy Russell makes the audience aware of these situations. The popular play and TV series our day out, written by Willy Russell was set in Liverpool in the 1970 's. At this time Britain was in the middle of an economic recession and huge job losses were a result of this. Because of the high unemployment levels, social deprivation was at a high, with many families being unable to afford proper food or clothing for their children for example. Many of the men who lived in Liverpool in the early 1970's would of worked either at the docks or in the factories, which were generally the only jobs the men could get, the few business people of the city also lost their jobs when Britain hit the recession so the unemployment levels were astronomically high. The story is based around a group of kids from a Liverpool school who go on a day out to Conway castle in Wales. The trip is aimed at the children who go to progress class which is a special class that the kids who cant read or write properly attend. There are two very contrasting teachers in the play who want to treat the kids in totally different ways; these are Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay. ...read more.


"Carol . . . Miss Duncan has just told you Conway." Then Carol goes on to ask, "Is that in England miss eh?" "Will we have to get a boat?" This makes it apparent that Carol doesn't have much knowledge about the country, which suggests she may not always go to school. Another instance where Carol is shown to be deprived is when they are at Conway castle; she is speaking to Mrs Kay, "Miss I want to stay here and look at the lake." Carol was looking at the sea and we can gather that she has never seen the sea before. Russell has added lines like these deliberately to emphasise what the situation was like in Liverpool at the time. Carol obviously knows that she is living in a poor area, as she wants to stay in Wales "Miss when do we have to go, I want to stay here." Carol continues to say similar things throughout the day and eventually takes things into her own hands: In the play there is a huge conflict between the two teachers Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay, They have totally different views and ideas about what the trip should be for. At the beginning of the play Mr Briggs persuades the Head to let him go on the trip so we can see he wants to be in charge rather than Mrs Kay. ...read more.


Russell uses the bear as a comparison to the children, as they cannot escape social deprivation easily, the bear can't escape its captivity. The play has an emotional climax, as Carol is edging closer and closer to the edge of the cliff stressing to Mr Briggs that f he continued to approach her she would jump off. Carol is on the cliff because she doesn't want to go home and wants to stay in Wales. In this scene Willy Russell makes Carol edge nearer and nearer to the edge to make it dramatic and to create a tense atmosphere amongst his audience. Russell also adds another dramatic scene where carol disobeys Briggs and eventually swears at him, "Don't be friggin stupid." This a very dramatic because Carol has never done anything like this before. After Carol is safe Russell also adds another twist into the story, as Briggs seems to be a changed person as he is laughing and joking with the teachers and children. He appears to be having some great for which is a surprise in itself, after what happened In the first part of the day, however when Briggs turns out to be not that nice after all we discover another technique that Russell uses to keep everyone's attention until the end. Our expectations are dashed when Briggs exposes the film and reveals his true self to us all. ...read more.

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