Show how Bill Forsyth has used comedy, role reversal and modern technology to make 'Gregory's Girl' a distinctly 20th century drama.
Bill Forsyth's play, 'Gregory's Girl,' was a popular film during the 1980's. I expect this was due to the honest and real humour that the audience could relate to. I intend to explore and analyse the factors which made the film so popular, which include processes such as role reversal, the character building, the use of technology and the humour involved.
The first scene of the play displays the typical activities of a group of adolescent boys (i.e. spying on the nurses home). Nothing unusual there then. However, the boys do get slightly flustered and over-excited at what they see and have to leave. "I...I...I can't breathe." Two more boys appear, much younger than the first group of boys, and they are extremely composed. "A lot of fuss over a bit of tit, eh?" This is the first role reversal of the play, the younger boys seemingly far more mature than the older boys. There are many age based reversals strewn throughout the play, i.e. Gregory receiving 'dating advice' from his younger sister, and the teachers seeming as immature as some of the children (one teacher, Miss Welch, stops her class to have a conversation with the window cleaner for example). Other role reversals included are gender based, where we see traditionally male subjects being dominated by girls (P.E, science), i.e. 'None of the boys can match Dorothy's skill' in football, and traditional female subjects such as cooking being far better performed by the boys, "Steve, can you help me with this pastry mix thing?"