The Ways that Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay are Presented in Our Day Out by Willie Russell

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The Ways that Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay are Presented in Our Day Out by Willie Russell

Our Day out by Willie Russell is an energetic and humorous play, about

a school trip to Conwy castle. The 'progress class', a class for

illiterate children, are on a trip to Wales where the liberal Mrs Kay

and the strict Mr Briggs have completely different ideas about the day

should be organised.

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Mrs Kay and Mr Briggs have two distinct personalities that clash

frequently throughout the play and Willie Russell presents both in an

interesting and comical way in his drama.

Mrs Kay is a benevolent and fun teacher who treats the children as if

they were her own. 'She always reminds me of a mother hen rather than

a teacher'. Mr Briggs says this and it sums up exactly what Mrs Kay is

like and her attitude to the children.

Her aim on the school trip is for everyone to have fun with the only

rule being '...think of yourselves but also think of others'. She

genuinely cares for the children and wants them to have an enjoyable

day out to assuage the social injustice that they find themselves up

against.

Mr Briggs' ideology of the children is contrary to Mrs Kay's. Mr

Briggs is a strict, intolerant and old-fashioned teacher who is has

firm standards and is harsh towards the students. 'Stop! Slater,

walk…walk! You, boy…come here. Now stop. All of you…stop!' Mr Briggs

is shouting as the children get off the coach but Mrs Kay casually

walks past and pours out some coffee.

At the zoo, Mr Briggs lightens up a little and we get to see more of

the soft and loving side that he conceals in favour of the harsh and

angry one. He is enjoying himself when he explains about all of the

different animal types to the children, and in the café with Mrs Kay,

he even offers to do a small presentation at school with some slides.

'I didn't think the kids who came to you would be too interested in

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