Listen, if I didn't care why would I be up here now, trying to stop you doing something stupid? Our Day Out by Willie Russell is a funny and light-hearted play but with lots of hidden messages. Mrs Kay doesn't have the time to check the children for sweets and lemonade, so she speaks with the driver, which is quite an amusing conversation. This shows that they often steal, as they don't have much money and are quite experienced at it. Initially when they were at the zoo Mr Briggs was quite pleased with the children as they seemed interested in the animals and were learning new things. There are many examples of this in Our Day Out such as the style of the fair and the shop, the way the characters speak and the things that are going on, for example the description of the economic slump at the time.
They'll want to stretch their legs and let off a bit of steam. Although this is the case there are still problems of social disadvantage present, people are split up into classes and if someone wears cheap clothes for example they will get teased at school or people look down on them. They look at it in the shop windows and wish they could have it. They're all bloody backward round here. I think she is the kind of person that as soon as she sets her mind on something, she won't let anything or anyone get in her way. We think of it as only being the kids fault and not thinking about other reasons like money, poor background and the type of family they come from.
In doing so, he destroyed all the positive achievements of the day. After a miserable time at school Willy Russell tried a variety of jobs, but eventually settled for being a ladies' hairdresser. You won't educate them because nobody wants them educated. I think he starts to enjoy himself because he has found that the children are attentive to a subject that he finds appealing. It originated from Willy Russell's experiences at Shorefields Comprehensive school where he taught from 1973 - 1974. I've had just about had enough today, just about enough and I'm not putting up with a pile of silliness from the likes of you.
Carol- her lack of education is very obviously troubling her as she would like to get a good job, however is not bright enough to do so because of the lack of education. At the moment I'd say the most important thing is to find the girl. But I'm not going to let you prevent the kids from having some fun. Mrs Kay doesn't set any rules but she addresses everyone with what she sees as the aim of the day. Using Mrs Kay is by far the kids preferred teacher. However at the end of the day Mr Briggs takes the negatives of him having fun and exposes them to the light. The quotes shows that she comes from a poor background were her family doesn't really have much money to spend, or that her family doesn't really care about Carol much.
As she is able to ruin his career with one move and tell him that the only reason he cares is because he'll get it in the neck if she dies. At the start of the play you learn a bit about the children and the type of lives that they live. At first he doesn't seem to understand what the children are telling him, it takes him a while to realise how poor they are. He offers to develop the photos. The deputy head who joins the trip unexpectedly changes this and believes they should be quiet and not have as much fun in order to learn.
Dalloway Somewhere within the narrative of Mrs. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun at the fair even Ronny who at the beginning was incredibly weary of the kids getting on the bus with sweets and lemonade. In the panic as a last resort she asks Mr Briggs who doesn't seem too impressed or surprised. He is quite difficult to understand and he takes a lot of different interpretations to fully understand him. Whilst the children shoplift and generally make trouble, an older boy, Reilly hits on his young teacher, Susan, who shakes off his attentions by suggesting he turn his attention to the pretty young Linda, who had been trying it on with her own boyfriend, Colin. Also the way they question things for example when Ronson and others are asking about the bear they seem to be deprived.
Whilst Briggs and Carol are talking on the cliff, Carol becomes tough to Briggs. We then see both teachers different perspective of the children. In this scene Mr Briggs and Carol seem to bond a bit, Carol threatening to jump off the cliff increases the drama. The only time his tone of voice is soft, is when he wants someone to do something for him e. When they get back to Liverpool Reilly realises how horrible the place he lives in actually is and some of the others seem to as well. Carol is clever enough to know that she will never have the chance for her aspiration to come true 'Don't be friggin stupid'. She can see through Mr Briggs 'That's why briggsy! He was born in Whiston which is just outside Liverpool.
Willy Russell was born in 1947 near Liverpool, he has also written other plays such as, Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers. Mrs Kay isn't in the slightest bit worried by Mr Briggs threat. The main theme of the play is to tell the reader what life was like for people mainly children in Liverpool in the 1970s and what their education was like. Briggs isn't seen as he would usually dress, I think this is because he wanted to break free from his usual boring and strict self, he wanted to have a good time. At the last minute a deputy head of disciplinarian behaviour also joined the party creating a potential recipe for disaster. .