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The three plays that we have looked at over the past two years have been Philadelphia here I come, Death of a sales man and Billy Liar.

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Comparison of our three drama texts studied at GCSE The three plays that we have looked at over the past two years have been Philadelphia here I come, Death of a sales man and Billy Liar. Philadelphia was set in the early 1960's in the fictional town of Ballybeag, Death of a Sales man was set in the late 1950's in America and Billy Liar was set in the late 1950's in north Yorkshire. The play Philadelphia, in set in Donegal, it is a small fishing town, the town as a whole is a very inward looking town, they don't know much about anything that happens outside the town, they provide for themselves and it is a very rural society. ...read more.

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Two actors play the main character: privet and public. Private is the character that says what Public thinks but is too scared to say. The play is about traditions, expectations and dreams. In Death of a Sales man they are middle class people and are trying to recover from the 20th century industrial economic depression of the Cold War. It is a society with financial difficulties; there are big pressures to succeed and to live the American dream. The use of flashbacks in the play impacts the staging, so therefore a thrust stage would be useful. ...read more.

Conclusion

The play explores the need for escapism in Billy who is desperate to leave, but too frightened to take the leap. All three plays are set in and around the same period of late 1950's, early 1960's. All three characters reflect a great sense of repression and unfulfilled lives, they feel worthless where they are at, and they need to get away. The leading males can just barely hold a job, that doesn't interest them. The plays are work dominated, though the father figures who differ from the second-generation who believe that working does not dictate who you are. All they want is to be free and to get away to a new life and identity. The style of the plays is naturalistic with internal dramatic dialogue. Kyle Greer ...read more.

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