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You have been asked to direct a radio production of Unman, Wittering & Zigo. Explore how you, as director, would convey the growing tensions and the changing relationships between John and the boys in Lower 5B.

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Unman, Wittering & Zigo You have been asked to direct a radio production of Unman, Wittering & Zigo. Explore how you, as director, would convey the growing tensions and the changing relationships between John and the boys in Lower 5B. As this is a radio production not a stage play there are certain restrictions on the director: Firstly there are no facial expressions or body language, Secondly there are no props therefore we cannot tell where the setting is; Thirdly, to overcome these problems the director must use: Tone which conveys the loudness and softness of the voice of the actor. Dramatic Pause: is used to convey something important or significant has happened. Sound Effects, which help the audience to visualise the scene in their own minds. The play is set in an English public school called Chantrey, which is a boys' boarding school paid by parents' fees. The school is very traditional but modern with squash courts and the War Memorial cloisters. The Head seems to run Chantrey School well as it has got a good reputation. I know this from pg 2 Line 9 where the Head says "we got 2 V.C.'s" (Victoria Cross: A medal awarded for extreme bravery in battle. John is not told by the Head of any problems or difficulties of Lower 5B. Moreover the Head tells Cary Farthingale (an art and third form French Master) ...read more.


After Line 120 the boys decide to give John their alibis. This shows us the boys are working in a pack or group. The boys try to intimidate John by revealing exactly how they killed Mr.Pelham. On Line 239 the Head enters the form-room. The boys immediately pretend they are working in front of him and so leaves. John follows the Head into his office. Although John gives the Head evidence that the boys have killed Mr.Pelham, the Head refuses to believe it. John shows the bloodstained wallet to the Head to prove that the boys must have been at the scene of the death. The Head ignores John's opinion and tells John to go back to his class. The head also says the boys like to talk about death saying they are hysterical creatures. Because the Head won't support him John has got no one to talk to except his mentor, Cary and perhaps his own wife. This incident also destroys John's relationship with Nadia, who is John's wife because when John gets home he wants to go to the pub to meet Cary. Scene 9 begins when John walks into his classroom where he discovers the boys are bullying Wittering. The boys show no guilt and make no attempt to lie to John about Wittering. The attitudes of the boys suggest that they feel they will not have to face consequences because they got away with murder and the Head doesn't respond. ...read more.


John also comments that he isn't willing to comply with the boys "modus vivendi". At this point the boys would start speaking in a threatening tone for not carrying out their orders (modus vivendi). The boys would talk in a loud pitch and slow tempo. John would react in a commanding tone and fast tempo, however his pitch would be soft because he is threatening to hit the boys. They are surprised by this. Due to John losing his job, he has lost confidence and he is not willing to teach the boys anything. It is here that Cuthbun takes over the role of the teacher. The boys would start Stage 3 in a playful and bullying tone, loud pitch and slow tempo. The boys are on purpose messing about, one boy wants to go to the toilet and the other boys decide to bully poor Wittering. John doesn't talk a lot in this stage as he isn't teaching the boys or shouting at them. John would talk in a sluggish, uncaring, unconfident tone and soft pitch. His tempo would be slow. The boys would start Stage 4 in a playful and mischievous tone. His pitch would be soft and his tempo would be slow. To draw the play Unman, Wittering & Zigo to a conclusion, I say that Giles Cooper is criticising the effects of authoritarian teaching. He isn't presenting a realistic classroom, but showing how boys can be corrupted by the way they are taught. Chantrey school concentrates on teaching the boys to obey instructions rather than developing a moral sense. ...read more.

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