There was never any at all. We had a wonderful time. The Nile had a wide riverbed which decreased chances of flooding and made it safer and more predictable. From the beginning of the play it is made clear that there is a very tight knit group of boys, of which Posner is not a part of. Both Hector and Mrs Lintott have the audience on their side whereas he — who is teaching and getting results, which, in the ordinary way, parents would approve of — is not thought to be sympathetic until he reveals himself as quite vulnerable.
Teacher Notes Key Stage 4 Students could use this clip as part of their study of the play or as part of their revision work. However, this view of Hector is challenged extremely early on when it is discovered he has a tendency to molest his students as they ride pinion with him on the way home from school. The play is intellectually even-handed. In this particular play Bennett provides a very realistic yet unusual types of relationships, hence the type that he emphases is homosexuality. Hector is clearly gay and gropes his students, but what the students do not know is that Irwin too is gay. Linked to this theme is the question of whether or not it is important to search for truth in the study of history. The thing that struck me is that on the first night, we had a fire which set the sprinkler system off.
My mother could recite very garbled and over-dramatised bits of poetry she'd learnt at school. Irwin tells the boys that it is not important to be truthful in their arguments—as long as their arguments are unique and interesting. I then had to rewrite that scene so that you felt that it was progressing. But I don't know how else you write plays apart from putting yourself into the characters. I'm afraid I don't take that very seriously if they're 17 or 18, I think they are actually much wiser than Hector. Though I'm nervous about going too much into how these things work because I'm frightened they might not work the next time.
Whatever I do in this room is a token of my trust. Its great trust me I'm almost done with the class so i know. Our perspective on the past alters. Not believing what you're saying. I feel guilty every time it's not a flop. Irwin The First time we see Irwin it is in the future when he is acting as a spin doctor for the government, he is in a wheelchair, which acts as a narrative hook to the end of the play.
At schools teachers spoon-feed their students all the way through. Sunset Across the Bay also … writer , 1975. He could be telling the truth or trying to hide the embarrassment of whatever happens in the book. Bennett projects the theme of outsiders through characters such as Posner, the head teacher, Irwin, Mrs Lintott and Scripps. I give them the wherewithal to resist it.
You don't normally expect that from young people. So by the time we came to the first preview, although how the audience took it wasn't actually irrelevant, at the same time you did feel you'd had such a good time, that was the important thing. Bennett also carefully chooses scenes in which to display the theme of outsiders. I wish I could, but I can't see myself in him. Mr Irwins a little more. Especially to Shmuel, because he doesn't see how B … runo can be complaining about where he lives.
There is quite some competition between both the teachers with Hector being older and Irwin being more attractive and being very close in age with the boys. They are confused about how to start the class and what to do during the class shared by Hector and Irwin. And you must often get that with the National Theatre — the sense that you're having too good a time? The cattle, the body count. Most directors would be nervous of having somebody there who chips in. With your spaniel heart I'm a Jew. It's such an English feeling and I'm very often of that mind myself.
Bruno is unaware that his father is a Nazi commandant and that his home is on ther periphery of Auschwitz. And I live in Sheffield. They will take from each of these teachers what they want. As receptors of the two conflicting philosophies, they are pawns in a game in which they have limited control. Another way it is conveyed is by Hectors unwillingness to take Posner on the back. It never felt like that to me. Such criticism I've seen of the play is that I have put myself into it too obviously — and that I am Posner.
That is essentially the ideological battleground of the play. It's not so much lest we forget, as lest we remember. Because you should realise the Cenotaph and the Last Post and all that stuff is concerned, there's no better way of forgetting something than by commemorating it. Irwin implies that he does not think it is important for the boys to be educated, but to know how to pass exams to get to where they want to be. Shmuel, imprisoned in the camp, seems not to understand the severity of his situation. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. Bennett appears to be against the Headmasters approach of only being concerned with cold facts and numbers.
This is how Alan Bennett shows that the education system has changed so that young people are not being educated as well as they should be, they're just being taught how to pass and nothing they might find useful later on in life. Some of us even have them. Doris and Doreen Green Forms writer , 1978. This makes the inappropriate teaching techniques which Hector employs seem almost like friendly banter. The action sequences illustrate the themes by moving between significant moments and drawing out some of the key quotations that relate to each of the themes being explored. We had a scratch cast which included four of the actors who actually ended up in the play. Or, would you do everything now because you had time to master everything? I think I've been criticised for not taking this seriously enough.