How important is it that Our Day Out has multiple settings
How important is it that Our Day Out has multiple settings

How important is it that Our Day Out has multiple settings

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The play “Our Day Out” is a microcosm of the world around us focused on the “economically and socially deprived” part of it.

The play is based in a time when there is high un-employment and there is a noticeable difference between the rich and the poor in society. The play itself tells the story of a group of schoolchildren from the “Progress Class” from a Liverpool school who go on perhaps one of the biggest journeys of their lives. These children are indeed from the poorer sector of the community and the name “Progress Class” you could argue was a name for students from that category. The children go to Wales.The play is anything but a two-dimensional kids show, it goes much deeper that that.

The play has multiple themes and settings and the writer, Willy Russell, has cleverly inserted some very complex and serious issues into what appears to be kids entertainment. He has captured the language of Liverpool, for example, in splendid detail, “You do an’ I’ll gob y”, just one of the many lines in the play that stands out for its use of accent.Russell has also tackled some serious issues in the play, prejudice and discrimination, for example. Even the teachers that teach the children are guilty of this. We see even warm characters such as Mrs Kay reflecting on these poor children’s futures, “most of them were born for factory fodder”. She is saying this because they come from a poor background, and she is making the assumption that they will grow up to be failures.

Mr Brigg

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s is continually disrespectful towards them; he shows no respect or any sign of professionalism towards them. When talking to Carol on the cliff, he says, “I’m not putting up with a pile of silliness from the likes of you.” The phrase “likes of you” says that Mr Briggs has no respect for her at all; he wouldn’t “waste” his time on her.As well as the theme of prejudice and discrimination the play deals with such other aspects such as school life and education.

Throughout the play there is really not much teaching going on. The teachers are there to discipline and the children are there to be disciplined and enjoy their day. For example, Briggs constantly says things like, “Reilly, Dickson sit down!” to stamp down his authority.We see the bright and kind Mrs Kay and the strict, cantankerous character of Mr Briggs continually contrasted in the play. For example:Mrs Kay (brightly) ‘Morning, Mr BriggsBriggs (grudgingly) ‘Morning.This shows the difference between the two teachers.

Mr Briggs only goes on the trip to ensure everything runs smoothly and to keep “that bunch”, as he calls them, in order. Mrs Kay goes out of the goodness of her heart. Mrs Kay tries to bring herself to the same way of thinking as the children, and gets along with them, whereas Mr Briggs just dismisses them as scum.Another character, which only gets mentioned at the start, though I feel his contribution is significant, is the Principal.

He says, referring to the Progress Class and Mrs Kay, “She keeps them

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well out of the way”. This shows that even the Principal has no respect for these children.As well as the issues I have mentioned, there are a significant number of physical locations mentioned in the play. This is an important part of this play because without these different settings there would not be some of the serious themes that were dealt with.As well as the issues I have mentioned, there are a significant number of physical locations mentioned in the play.

This is an important part of this play because without these different settings there would not be depth in the play that there is. As the students get on the bus, we see a different side to Mrs Kay as she lies to the bus driver so that the kids can eat on the bus, saying such things, as “Lemonade never touches their lips”. This lying is not what we would usually associate with Mrs Kay.The bus journey itself, is relatively normal for a group of schoolchildren. We see Briggs keeping them all well disciplined and quiet.

This perhaps doesn’t help as when the kids are left without this supervision they run riot. There is humour, also, on the bus, when we see Reilly and Digga trying to light up a cigarette and escape Briggs:Digga Reilly, light upReilly Where’s Briggsy?Russell cleverly includes little bits like this throughout to keep the viewer entertained. This is quite effective and it makes the viewer feel as if they are in the same position as Digga and Reilly, trying to avoid Briggs.Everyone but Briggs comes to the conclusion that they need to stop at the toilets so this is their first stop. After this the kids get off the bus and stop at the shop where they shoplift a load of sweets and Mrs Kay and Briggs go for a cup of coffee. This is an example of the kids indiscipline and maybe why they are stereotyped the way they are.

After the shop Mrs Kay decides that it would maybe be a good idea to visit the zoo. They do so and again the kids go wild and actually try to steal some of the animals. Briggs uses this opportunity to say:And that’s why you’re treated like animals, why you’ll always be treated like animals.Briggs is perhaps trying to justify some of his actions towards the kids and relieve his conscience; I certainly don’t think he is saying this to tell the kids where they are going wrong.The last stop of the play is at Wales. The two main incidents are the game of football and Carol getting lost.

Carol is a poor little confused child. She continually expresses throughout that she does not want to go home. She is maybe the victim of abuse at home, or deprivation. She is a quiet pleasant child, who gets on well with Mrs Kay; their relationship is almost like a mother-daughter relationship.Carol goes walkabout. The group look for her and Mr Briggs finds her on the edge of a cliff.

Briggs sees her on the edge of the cliff yet he still insists on

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