• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Our Day Out

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does Willy Russell create dramatic tension in the cliff scene of "our day out?" The play 'Our Day Out' written by Willy Russell is about a progress class from the heart of Liverpool that go on a trip to Conway Castle in Wales. Mr Briggs and Carol are involved in the cliff scene. The cliff scene is about Carol sneaking away from the others to the cliff, she is later found by Mr Briggs. Carol threatens to jump off the cliff so that she can stay in Wales and not go back to Liverpool. Willy Russell may have written this play to show how schools are in Liverpool. The message that Willy Russell is trying to convey is that the progress classes in Liverpool are not going to get very far in life; the teachers that teach them also believe this and have no hope in them except Mr Briggs. ...read more.

Middle

"I'm talking to you, Carol Chandler. Now just listen here, young lady...", in this quote Mr Briggs is talking to Carol in a harsh and again an impatient way. Mr Briggs tone of voice changes through out the cliff scene for example, "Carol. Carol, please come away from there." in this quote Mr Briggs tone of voice is more threatened and worried. Carol's personality in the beginning of the play is quite and curious, "Miss is that in England, eh?" and "will we have t' get a boat?" in these two quotes Carol is asking questions out of curiosity. In the middle of the play Carol is still quiet and curious, "'Ey you. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another example is "she continues to ignore his presence", this quote shows that she has turned against Briggs by ignoring him, she might do something stupid. I think that Willy Russell has created tension in the cliff scene by making Carol and Briggs change their personalities to the opposite of what was expected. Their tone of voice has also change for example, Carol getting rude to Mr Briggs. Mr Briggs using a sensible, calm tone to persuade Carol to get away from the edge. With the stage directions, he has managed to use according to their personalities, "She continues to ignore his presence" this tells the audience that she has turned against Briggs by not listening to him and refuse to go back to the rest of the group. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Our Day Out section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Our Day Out essays

  1. Our Day Out - How and why Mr Briggs changes

    now knows much more about them and so feels more pity and is more keen on them. From his old bossy, instruction-firing self, such as when he calls Carol by shouting out 'just come here!', he will change his tone to more courteous and somewhat negotiable.

  2. How does Willy Russell Convey Social and Cultural Background in 'Our Day Out'?

    with a cowboy hat on his head, handing a goldfish in a bag to Carol. We assume this metamorphosis is permanent, but we later see how hard it is for Mr Briggs to forget the principles by which he has lived his life, both in the classroom, and doubtlessly out of it.

  1. Work experience essay

    She was an ex-teacher of mine. She would always tell me embarrassing stories about myself and yes they were embarrassing! She gave me heaps of responsibility and it was nice to know she thought I could handle it. Although she seemed cheerful, the teachers there were stressed.

  2. "Our Day Out" GCSE written coursework: Twentieth century drama

    In scene 29 page 50 Mrs Kay asks Susan "Is everyone on board?" and she answers"Yes we wandered back and most of them were already here". This may make them look suspicious and are therefore trying to make the teachers trust them, also in scene 29 page 51it reads "Inside the coach the kids look like angels".

  1. Discuss the importance of scene 35 (the cliff scene) in Willy Russell's Our Day ...

    By Mrs. Kay sitting on the bench shows her lack of concern for the children. This also links in with the stage direction "pouring out another cup of coffee." The use of the word "another" shows that she has done this numerous times on several occasions when the children need

  2. Our Day Out - Analyse the cliff scene in detail showing how Russell uses ...

    an educational experience for the pupils and is appalled both by her attitude and handling of the pupils. The characters are deliberately created as opposites. None of the other charters in the play are created in as much detail as Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs.

  1. Our day out by Willy Russell - review

    He is interested in teaching them about the animals. He bonds with them more and his trust for them grows when they ask questions because he believes they are genuinely interested in what he has to say. "With those claws it could give you a very nasty mark" "An' could it kill y' sir?"

  2. Look at the Way Tension is Built up in Scene 35. Examine the Characters ...

    staff on the trip know that that is what he will do as soon as they arrive back at school. Mr. Briggs is seen as a child hater, which we can see when he speaks to Mrs. Kay when he is speaking on the bus "You've got some real bright sparks here, Mrs.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work