Willy Russell's "Our Day Out"
Willy Russell has written many plays over the last thirty years, but
there is one feature that is common to all of them: the issue of
social and cultural background. This is the situation of the
characters; their surroundings; their class; the society in which they
are brought up, and the culture of that society. It is this that can
lead to the behaviour, feelings, opinions and general outlook of the
characters. Russell explores the effects that society and culture can
have on people in all his plays, but in none is it so poignant as in
'Our Day Out', the story of what happens when Mrs Kay takes her
Progress class out of inner-city Liverpool on a school trip to Conwy
Throughout 'Our Day Out' the issue of social and cultural background
is ever-present, but it is discussed and conveyed in many different
forms; the colloquial dialect Russell uses; the symbolism that is
featured; the behaviour and attitudes of the children; the way that
people react to these children, and the insights we get into their
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job. But now they haven't even got that to aim for. There's nothing for
them to do, any of them; most of them were born for factory fodder,
but the factories have closed down.' Throughout the play this is the
underlying tone, and the subtle way that Russell conveys this message
heightens the effect when it comes. This day out is simply an oasis;
one day of fun out of their whole lives, and at the end of it we see
how the glimmer of something bright and beautiful makes it all the
harder to turn your eyes back to the grey and mundane.
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How does Willy Russell make this clear to the reader with his use of literacy devices and the cultural references in the play. Willy Russell makes this clear to the reader with use of literary devices and the cultural references in the play.Before Summer school, Rita had thought that education was a place only for posh people with the money to fund the education, and that poor people like herself had no right to an education.The end of Act 1 is a very important turning point in the play, as Rita is the one who is giving the orders, such as:Rita aE" "I"ll bring me scissors next week and you".2. Blood Brothers
In this essay I aim to consider all the dramatic qualities of the play and how Willy Russell uses them to promote the dramatic effectiveness of the play. Russell uses pathos to involve the audience so they feel pity when Mickey loses his job, fear at the end of the play when the shooting scene takes place, and experience childhood joy when Eddie and Mickey share jokes. Overall I feel Willy Russell is very successful in sustaining the audienceAs attention and involving them with his characters due to the effectiveness of his writing. Russell is also highly successful in buildi.3. our day out
NOVEL- OUR DAY OUT BY WILLY RUSSEL WILLY RUSSEL HAS SERIOUS MESSAGES ABOUT EDUCATION AND SOCIAL DESPIRATION The play is about some school children from a poor part of Liverpool going on a school trip to Conwy Castle. Willy Russell uses a variety of characters by having school children, school teachers and members of the public in the play.4. Blood Brothers
Blood Brothers is a play written by Willy Russell and is set in Liverpool in the early eighties. The play follows the life of two main characters Mickey Johnstone and Eddie Lyons. The acting was very good and of a high standard, the two actors that stand out the most are the ones who played Mickey a.5. Blood Brothers Assignment
In this essay I aim to consider all the dramatic qualities of the play and how Willy Russell uses them to promote the dramatic effectiveness of the play. Russell uses pathos to involve the audience so they feel pity when Mickey loses his job, fear at the end of the play when the shooting scene takes place, and experience childhood joy when Eddie and Mickey share jokes. Overall I feel Willy Russell is very successful in sustaining the audience"s attention and involving them with his characters due to the effectiveness of his writing. Russell is also highly successful in building dra.6. Educating Rita Essay
The staging of Educating Rita, by Willy Russell underpins many of the issues Russell raises in the play such as, Rita"s decision to change, the reflection of culture through verbal language and body language, together with how education enhances confidence. From that point on, in the play, Rita is portrayed, by Russell as a character that has the determination to change.7. QUOTES
Willy BrandtCherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of you soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Bertrand Russell Love is not enough. Bertrand Russell They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.8. Crop Circles
So, at the beginning of March 1998 three "circlemakersaE (John Lundberg, Rod Dickinson and Wil Russell) were flown out to the Southern most tip of New Zealand to be filmed creating a crop circle for NBC-TV.
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Willy Russell was born in 1947 at Whiston near Liverpool. His school career in the 'D-stream' was undistinguished and as a result, he left school with one O-level in English language at the age of fifteen. As there was a strong tradition of story telling in his family, he had a vague notion of wanting to become a writer. He drifted into hairdressing but eventually left that job and began working in several industrial jobs before deciding to return to full-time education. During this time, Willy Russell soon decided to become a dramatist whilst at St. Catherine's college. It was around this…
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what is our day out about? also include the cliff scene and about the caractors and how briggs changes
Our day out was wrote in 1997 by Willy Russell. The plays is about the lack of education and opportunity the children are getting and Willy Russell makes the audience aware of this a school in Liverpool, the children in the progress class ( there are not very clever there are more like rejects) go on a trip to Wales to visit Conway castle, but there have extra time and also land up going to the cafï�� and Willy Russell used a stereotype that was around in the 1990's that people in Liverpool were stereotyped to be thieves and in this play he has made this stereotype become realistic. Also they visited the zoo and whiles there some of the children took the animals and tried to take them home with them, and they got to go to the beach and the fairground.
The two main teachers in the play are Mrs kays is lovely and caring, kind-hearted lady, she is middle aged women and she cares deeply for the children the headmaster doesn't trust Mr kays because he wanted Briggs to go on the visit to keep discipline as he knows mrs kay allows the children do what there want as she wants the children to have fun but we also know that he also thinks that that she is a good teacher and in favour of the way she teachers because he says to Briggs '' Theres not many of her type y'know.'' were as Briggs is totally opposite he is strict, doesn't care about the children, always wants to be in control we know this because he says 'Linda Croxley! If you don't behave you will spend the remaining time of visiting Conway in the coach!'' this shows that he always wants to be in control and wants the children that he is strict and doesn't accept any bad behaviour he is also arrogant and also quite brutal
"Right, McNally, go and sit at the back." This shows that he is impatient and he is also rude, he is not polite to the children he expects the children to respect him but the message that he gives the children is that he hates them.
The cliff scene changes Mr Briggs for the rest of the visit as he finds out what the children think of him, the cliff scene is the highest tension point in the play. Briggs becomes more fun and caring towards the children. he also takes the children to the fun fair were there all have fun. he be comes less strict but as soon as he reterns back to school he goes back to his normal strict uncaring self.
O ur D ay O ut was written in 1997 by Willy Russell.
The play is about the lack of education and opportunity the children are getting. and Willy Russell makes the audience aware of thi s.
At a school in Liverpool, the children in the progress class (they are not very clever, they are more like rejects) go on a trip to Wales to visit Conway C astle, but they have extra time and end up going to the café.
Also they visited the zoo and while ther e, some of the children took.
The two main teachers in the play are Mrs Kays, who is lovely and caring, a kind-hearted lady, she is middle aged woman .
and She cares deeply for the childr en. The headmaster doesn't trust Mr K ays as he wanted Briggs to go on the visit to keep discipline as he knows Mrs. Kays allows the children to do what there wan t. She wants the children. Who is the headmaster, and who is Briggs?
This shows that he is impatient and he is also rude, he is not polite to the childre n. He expects the children to respect him but the message that he gives the children is that he hates them.
You should describe what happened on the cliff! Also be careful with the words 'there' and 'they', as they were mixed up a few times.
He became a hairdresser on leaving school, then undertook a variety of jobs, also writing songs which were performed in local folk clubs. He also wrote songs and sketches for local radio programmes. At 20 years of age, he returned to college and became a teacher in Toxteth, after which he began to become interested in writing drama.
His first play, Keep your Eyes Down. was produced in 1971, and he became well-known after his musical about the Beatles, John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert. ran for eight weeks at Liverpool Everyman Theatre. It was transferred to the West End and won the Evening Standard and London Theatre Critic Award for best musical in 1974.
Since then he has written several plays, including Educating Rita (1981). about a working-class woman who decides to study English with the Open University and Shirley Valentine (1988). a housewife who becomes transformed after a holiday in Greece. Both plays were made into films from Willy Russell’s own screenplays starring Julie Walters and Pauline Collins respectively, each winning an Oscar nomination, as did the author for best screenplay. He has also written plays for television, including the well-received Our Day Out (1984) .
Willy Russell has continued to write songs since the early 1960s. He wrote the lyrics and score for his popular musical Blood Brothers (1986). about a pair of twins separated at birth. The show has been playing in the West End since 1983 and won 3 Best Music Award and one Best Actress Award at the Laurence Olivier Awards. He also wrote the score for Shirley Valentine. and for several other television series and plays. His first album, Hoovering the Moon. was released in 2003.
In 2000, Willy Russell published his first novel, The Wrong Boy. It is currently being adapted for television. He lives and works in Liverpool.Critical perspective Willy Russell’s Rita and Shirley Valentine are two of the most memorable creations of recent decades.
Wise, funny and incessantly acerbic, they are irresistible, full of sarcastic zest and a melancholic longing for a different way of life, for new ways of seeing, for alternative expectations from the world around them; they speak to anyone borne without an item from the cutlery tray in their mouth, to those who have lived beyond privilege.
Russell is a very British writer; he has the dry wit of Alans Bleasdale and Bennett, the sort of obsession with class and social problems you see in the work of Mike Leigh or Ken Loach, the constrained and peculiar sense of wry sentimentality prevalent in much of British writing, and an obvious affection for his characters, evident in everything from Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey to the songs of The Smiths.
The standard British writer type - conventional, middle class-upbringing involving tutelage in private or public school of varying prestige, three year attendance at either one of the country’s premier universities, any number of years in waiting before being acclaimed as the new chronicler of London society - is the very opposite of who Russell is. He left school at the age of 15 with one ‘O’ Level in English language and became a hairdresser. When he was 20, he returned to education and went on to become a teacher. Encouraged by his wife, Russell began to take a fervent interest in theatre and started writing, first songs and later plays. He spent those years usually described as formative in the very opposite of an intellectual environment, and all his work is suffused with a respect for the world of work, with a railing against pretension, and a passionate enthusiasm for ideas.
Russell’s work has always been defined by its interest in what he has described as 'the poetry of common speech.' His characters are of the working class, often placed in trying circumstances. Through their actions, Russell derives his essentially warm yet never patronising comedy. He is undoubtedly an optimist; if one were to look for the exact polar opposite of Samuel Beckett the search could stop here. Russell cannot stray from his belief in a certain goodness at the heart of humanity; it is that he is able to communicate this with humour which makes his work so appealing. Without the humour, his work would be mawkish. With it, it is never less than stirring, and always moving.
Shirley Valentine (1988) and Educating Rita (1981) are Russell’s two most successful plays, which also became hit films. Both feature strong female characters and are, in essence, about the need to escape and the desire for self-transformation. Educating Rita was inspired by Russell’s experience of returning to education as a mature student, and uses the Pygmalion myth as source material. It is the tale of brash, spade-is-a-spade Susan White, a hairdresser who decides to call herself Rita and study English at the Open University. Although much of the comedy is derived from her naïve, uncritical responses to the great classics of world literature, none of it condescends to her, and given the air of pomposity that surrounds the study of writers, (implied by the play rather than explicitly stated), Russell leaves us in no doubt that we should be sympathetic towards Rita. That he was able to achieve this is the primary reason for the play’s eternal charm and continued success. Educating Rita ’s emotional punch comes from the desire of its protagonist to free herself from her situation and surroundings, to be more than others imagined she ever could be. The theme of flight, be it from the self, a situation or circumstance, is central to Russell’s other huge theatrical hit, Shirley Valentine. It takes the form of a monologue by a housewife before and after a life-changing Greek holiday, and begins with the now classic address by Shirley to a wall in her kitchen. Bored preparing her husband’s 'chips and egg', she undergoes an epiphany and comes to a new understanding of herself, both emotional and sexual, a self which has been frustrated by years of stagnant routine.
Fresh from the success of Educating Rita. Russell was commissioned to write a piece for Merseyside Young People’s Theatre, which visited schools in the area. This eventually became the musical Blood Brothers (1986), described by critic Sheridan Morley as 'undoubtedly the most exciting thing to have happened to the English musical theatre in years.' Blood Brothers is a modern-day prince and the pauper tale about twins born into a poor Liverpool family, only to be separated when their mother realises she cannot afford to keep them both. When they meet years later, they become great friends, but the story is not to end happily. It all turns on the enternal nature/nurture question, and generates passion in that it taps into our primal need to belong, to form part of a social group.
The Wrong Boy (2000), Willy Russell’s first novel, ten years in gestation, is one of the most memorable books of recent years. In Raymond Marks, Russell created a character who is more than ready to stand alongside Rita and Shirley Valentine. In choosing the epistolary form, Russell was able to ease his transition into the world of prose fiction: his first novel is essentially a series of dramatic monologues. Raymond, a 19-year old from Manchester, addresses his letters to his hero Morrissey. He is a natural misfit, and cut from typical Russell cloth. Working class, Northern, full of secret yearnings and longings, desperate to get out yet somehow resigned to being incapable of doing so, he is Rita and Shirley but with an extra dose of the pathetic. Whereas they possess some central core of inner strength, Raymond is, for much of the time, forever at the mercy of others, outside of control of his own life, misunderstood, drifting into patterns that people seem intent on creating for him. The Wrong Boy is a road movie of a novel, Raymond being en route from Manchester to Grimsby; and it is also a recreation of the past in which Raymond has suffered from misunderstandings so great that they have quite literally blighted his life. It is all written in one defiantly subjective voice. As Raymond takes us back and forth through his own madness we are forced to ask ourselves how much of it is real. The Wrong Boy is heartbreaking, funny, charming and absolutely compelling. However, Russell allows it to fall into too neat a trap at its conclusion, whereby coincidence, and the desire for a heart-warming conclusion contrive to produce an ending that falls into sentimentality. Yet there is something oddly satisfying about this, for so real is Raymond, that you cannot help but long for this kind of denouement, you care so much about him that you almost need the relief of knowing that everything might be all right.
Russell will perhaps forever be the kind of writer written about in vaguely patronising terms by the serious London press. He has been dismissed by some as 'the housewives' choice'. The only thing that can be said is that the housewives of Great Britain have commendable taste.
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Willy Russell was born on 23 August 1947, in Whiston Lancashire. He grew up in Knowsley, a model village set in the countryside Liverpool. His best known works are Education Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers. His first play was “keep your eyes down” which he finished in 1972. Russell like’s to work as a teacher, he work in a really rough school. People in the 70s wore hippie cloths like huge hoop earrings, peace signs shirts, leisure suits, belly bottoms, afros, flowered shirt, and school in 70s and 80s, in the classroom there are individual desks and chairs. There were also blackboard and computer. White board were very rarely used because they came out late in the 70s. Teacher were very strict, they used cane, punishment included, belting with a metre ruler, standing against a wall with a 20 cent piece held up with your nose, holding your arm out wide, lunchtime detentions, chalk thrown at you.80s music would be characterized by widespread use of synthesizers and keyboard, hard rock, heavy metal, big hair bands and glam metal experienced extreme popularity in the 1980s becoming one of the most dominating music genres of the 1980s. Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in the Detroit music video began to have a huge effect on the record industry. Pop artists such as Duran Duran, Madonna, Queen and Michael Jackson. Our day out play is set in 1977 in Liverpool but the trip was in Wales. A progress class is where you need the extra help in classes.
Russell present Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay as very different teacher. Mrs Kay is a nice teacher for example she smiles and links her arm with Carol. This shows the audience that she cares for the children. Mrs Kay states “I tried to get the kids to call me Helen one’’. This shows she likes to be friendly with the kids.Mrs Kay takes the progress class out of Liverpool because she want them to have fun and get out of the dirty city. Mr Briggs is a strict teacher he doesn’t like kids for example he.
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