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With whom does Willy Russell intend the audience to sympathise, Mrs. Kay or Mr. Briggs and whose style of teaching would most benefit the progress class?

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English & Media C20th Drama Assignment. Willy Russell 'Our Day Out' "With whom does Willy Russell intend the audience to sympathise, Mrs. Kay or Mr. Briggs and whose style of teaching would most benefit the progress class?" Answer with close reference to the text - using the dialogue and the stage directions. The play 'Our Day Out' is about a progress class going on a trip with two of their teachers Mrs. Kay and Mr. Briggs. The personalities that Mrs. Kay has are that she is kind and understanding, meanwhile Mr. Briggs is rude, arrogant and unsympathetic towards the progress class. When the play was set in Liverpool in the 1980s' they were a lot of disasters. Liverpool suffered a recession that led to many thousands of business falling apart and hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs due to the significant number of unemployment, Liverpool were amongst the highest rate of unemployment in the UK in the 80s'. Finally, the play was written by Willy Russell who was born in Whiston, in 1914, he left school with one 0-level grade in GCSE English, he's mum owned a hairdresser, but he went and worked six years of his life with his mum. ...read more.

Middle

"Erm, Sorry, sorry . Mrs. Kay?" and at least he manage to apologise. By the end of Act One, However, the audience begin to feel sympathy for Mr. Briggs attitude towards the students changes from being rude and aggressive to a more helpful and sincere person this shows in the line "Well, look, I'll sort out which free periods I've got and we'll organise it for then" Mr. Briggs if becoming more of a sincere person as he offers Mrs. Kay to come over one day and show her a few slides of animals, so this is clearly showing that from beginning of Act One Mr. Briggs is changing from rude to a more pleasant person. The audience realise he feels differently about the children in the progress class when he says to offer help to the children "They're really quite interested, the kids, aren't they?" He is showing some gratitude towards the progress class. Finally, at the end of Act One the audience really feels sorry for Mr. Briggs because he was personally betrayed from the kids; "I trusted you lot. And this is the way you repay me. ...read more.

Conclusion

Briggs transformed and became more of a person which Mrs. Kay was surprised to see after her numerous lectures to try and convince him to take it easy on the kids, but as the mystical work of the kids Mr. Briggs got shocked and betrayed when the Shopkeeper surprised him in saying that they 'are all animals' and Mr. Briggs defended them, but the evidence was foreseen when an animal crept up from every angle, and triggered a surging rage of anger to Mr. Briggs, just a though the audience thought that Mr. Briggs was changing he instantly changed to his former state and raged with anger and shouted to all of the progress class. After Act One going on to Act Two he then slowly, slowly emerged and started to change back again to a better person, but personally to me overall at the end of the play both Mr. Briggs and Mrs. Kay had turned equal to their attitudes. The teacher that I would personally be preferred to be taught by would definitely be Mrs. Kay because from the beginning until all the way until the end she was a more educated and more sincere from the start, she was caring, funny, loving and furthermore fair and wanted the progress class to enjoy the only time to be on a fun day out. ...read more.

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