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Unman, Wittering and Zigo - If you were directing Scene Three, what directions would you give to the characters involved?

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Unman, Wittering and Zigo If you were directing Scene Three, what directions would you give to the characters involved? Think about how you would tell them to behave, speak, move and especially how you would have John react to the news of Mr. Pelham's death. The play "Unman, Wittering and Zigo was written by Giles Cooper and was intended for radio, but was adapted for the stage. The play follows John Ebony, a new teacher in his early twenties as he deals with his new pupils, fellow staff and his restless new wife Nadia. The play concentrates on John meeting his new class and coming to terms with the fact that they claim to have killed their previous teacher. ...read more.


I would then have John getting more and more nervous as her tries to start the lesson but it becomes quite clear that the boys are having none of it. This play was written in the 1950's and set in a 1950's grammar school; so the events that happen where the boys take over and they have the control in the class is rather unusual and personally I think that would never happen in a classroom in the 50's. As we get to about line 60, the boys begin to patronize John Ebony, the way they put sir on the end of everything even though you can tell they don't mean it. In this scene I would have the boys continue to patronize him and John getting less and less authoritive until he gets really angry in lines 163-165 when he shouts at them and threatens to keep them behind. ...read more.


Then a sharp change as the headmaster enters, with Cloistermouth sitting down sharply and John fumbling to take control of the lesson and appear to have the power, then the last part of the last line said by Cuthbun, "he's gone. There you are, sir, we're good at alibis" should be said very patronizing letting the audience know that John no longer has the control. Overall I would direct this scene by playing on John's reactions to the comments that the boys make particular in the telling of the murder. As John's reactions get more and more worrying, I would have the boys facial expressions showing that they are enjoying making John nervous and that they know they have control. Sarah Bailey 11K ...read more.

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