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  1. Gregory’s Girl – Modern Drama Coursework Task

    D: I'm going to take a shower now, see you tonight? G: Aye! Thanks you! D: (sigh) [Girls Changing Room] M: So Susan still got the hots for Gregory? S: Eh? C: Come off it! We know you fancy him! S: well... M: Do you know what the story is between Dorothy and Gregory yet? [Dorothy walks in] S: Er, hi Dorothy D: Hi ya S: How was practice...

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  2. Our Day Out

    At the start of the play you learn a bit about the children and the type of lives that they live. They are living in the inner city of Liverpool, which comes across as a poor area and where council homes are situated. The first character introduced to us is Carol, a younger girl who explains what the progress class is and that they are going on a trip. She seems to lack intelligence and it doesn't seem as if she is taught much at school.

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  3. Russell uses humour to convey a serious message in Our Day Out. Discuss.

    So that's the background to this play, now I will talk about the title question to this essay. Russell uses many techniques to get his message across. The main aspects of his message are, he tries to bring awareness on the children's poverty, how they are deprived in their lives because of their social background, the way the education system doesn't help these children, but brings them up to be 'failures from the day they were born', and lastly how the children are not given the opportunity to show what they can do. Russell makes the first contrast by showing how the teachers use Standard English in the way they speak, and the children use local dialect.

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  4. Article Analysis : ‘M1 protest: the worst enemy is the cynics’

    With a well-structured and strong argument about the issue she leads us to believe that the protestors do have a valid point of view, they're not just the "crazy kids" they're made out to be. Further Subramanian believes that such a professional person such as Salusinzsky has missed the point of campaigns such as M1 or S11, and is being highly cynical towards those who are honestly trying to make the world a better place. By singling out Salusinzsky and addressing that she has missed the point of these protests makes us agree with Subramanian.

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  5. Our Day Out

    Russell uses Carol's language to show the lack of education and opportunity in the inner city of Liverpool, and the same in their schools. "Carol.... It's Mrs Kay's class. Y' go down there if y'can't do sums or writing. If y'backward like. Les.... She's kept busy. They're all bloody backward round here" This is a good quote between Carol and Les because it shows you that Carol knows she's not clever and that Les thinks everybody's dumb.

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  6. Our Day Out

    Mrs Kay is an open-minded, tolerant and kind-hearted teacher, who is affectionate for the children as people. She understands that a lot of the children come from a deprived background and makes allowances for this, she genuinely cares for the children; She tells Maurice "to come away from that road", When they are waiting for the bus, because she is truly concerned for his safety, not because she enjoys ordering her class around. Mrs Kay does not believe in traditional teaching methods of discipline and high standards, she is lost to understand the unfairness of a society which puts these children to the back of the queue.

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  7. Through Detailed Reference To the Text Make Clear What We Learn About Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay and Show How Willy Russel Uses a Range of Dramatic Techniques To Manipulate Our Responses To Them At Key Points In the Play

    All the children follow her yet she remains calm, but looking at Mr Briggs is a different story. He surveys the scene from a distance with obvious disgust on his face. This is an obvious comparison between Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs and their attitudes towards the children. We also notice that Briggs was the driver of the car earlier that sneered at Les the Lollipop man giving a further clue to his character. Scene three is the Headmaster's Office and Briggs is demanding that he goes on the trip too.

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  8. “Our Day Out” is a political play. Willy Russell wants us to think about his characters and the world that they inhabit. What is your response to the drama, and the way it is told?

    He is concerned that the trip should have an educational purpose, and is unsure of the discipline that the teachers already on the trip will induce, further backed by the Headmaster, when he refers to Mrs Kay, in charge of the 'Progress Class,' "I don't want to be unprofessional and talk about my staff, but I feel that she sees education as one long game!" He says that Mrs Kay keeps the children 'entertained' by 'reading machines and plasticine. Mrs Kay, on the other hand is what Briggs and the Headmaster feels is 'anti-establishment.'

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  9. Our Day Out

    this part of speech gives you a picture in your mind of Mr Briggs's face, you get a picture not believing what is happening around him. My views are that because Mr Briggs may not of been in this sort of remedial environment before everything that does not normally happen around him is automatically abnormal. Mr Briggs seems to get on better with the older students, for example when he has a long conversation with Reilly and Digga about the Liverpool Docks and his own private life by saying things like," I'm often down here at weekends, taking notes, photo-graphs".

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  10. "Our Day Out"

    Mrs Kay considered education a bit of a joke, and that Mr Briggs would fail to educate the children. Personally, I am strung between two sides. On one hand, Mrs Kay is correct in understanding that children have feelings, she acts "more like a mother and daughter" to the pupils. On the other hand, she is mistaken in making assumptions based on a child's attitude. The children might want and have the ability to learn, for example, when Carol asks Mrs Kay "If I started to work hard now an' learned how to read, eh?

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  11. "Our Day Out". Describe a funny scene and a serious one and show how the playwright manages to affect the audience in different ways.

    On one side we have the very strict male teacher Mr Briggs, who intends the kids to have a bright future and wants them to always learn. On the other hand we have a very soft hearted and Sympathetic female teacher Mrs Kay, who knows that the children will not get very far in life, so they might as well enjoy themselves. This play tells a very important message about the different techniques of teaching the two teachers use. The two main teachers in the play are Mrs kays is lovely and caring, kind-hearted lady, and she cares deeply for

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  12. Explain how Mr Briggs and Mrs Kays characters change throughout the course of the play Our Day Out

    So what happens when they?re forced to work together outside if the classroom? To begin with why don?t we look at both of their views on education? Mrs Kay essentially believes that some children are beyond help, it is too late for some people so instead of lying to yourself and acting as if there is still a possibility that they can succeed in life you might as well just let them enjoy them selves rather than giving them false hope and making them work hard when at the end of the day it isn?t going to have any effect on the outcomes their lives.

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