When Mickey says “I dare y’ I dare y'” he would say it eagerly, egging Linda on, and much more enthusiastically than his previous lines. When Edward says “No, I’m not scared at all” I would make him sound defiant and determined to ‘keep up’ with Linda and Mickey. For the appearance of the characters I would have Mickey with unclean, rather dirty, tatty clothes; rather untidy and unkept hair and perhaps some rips or dirt on his clothes. Edward would have very neat and clean hair and clothes, and would look very smart. I would have Linda very neat and tidy but still in some cheap clothes.
The penultimate section of the scene is when the policeman finds them just as they are about to throw some stones. The key element in this section is that earlier on in the play, Mickey and Linda had boasted to Edward about all the things that they had said to the policeman; “waiting for the ninety-two bus”, “Adolph Hitler” and so on, yet when Edward ‘shows off’ to them by saying these things to the policeman, they start crying because they realise they are in deep trouble – suggesting they may have exaggerated what they said they had said to the policeman before!
The policeman would be dressed in a smart police uniform, equipped with a police-style black notebook. Edward’s voice would go slightly hysterical when he laughs at his words to the policeman; “waiting for the ninety-two bus”. As the policeman leads the children away I would have the lights gradually dim away to a blackout, and come up again gradually as we switch to the visit of the policeman to the parents.
The final section of my selected scene is when the policeman visits the two boys’ parents to reprimand their behaviour. When he visits Mrs Johnstone he is very much on-duty – he is hard and strong on her, and says that Mickey was “about to commit a serious crime”. He threatens her with court action – “either you keep them in order, Missis, or it’ll be the courts for you…”.
Mrs Johnstone then sings ‘Maybe Some Day’ to some background music, before we see the Policeman seeing Mr & Mrs Lyons. He is very much “off duty”, with a drink in his hand and his helmet off – he is a lot more relaxed with the middle class family, describing the children’s actions as “more of a prank really” and refers to Mr Lyons as ‘Sir’, much more formal than the casual and condemning ‘Missus’ that he called Mrs Johnstone. The main reason he does this is to indicate society’s views on class at the time and the way the lower classes were looked down upon. If I was the director of the play I would make the policeman exaggerate his hardness to Mrs Johnstone and his kindness and civility to Mr & Mrs Lyons.
My chosen character is Linda. Her role in my chosen scene is to show her control and dominance over the two boys. She is always successful with the gun and is delighted when Edward and Mickey miss: “Missed!”. She seems to be the initiator of all the rule-breaking; she provokes the violence in the scene: “Lets throw some stones through them windows”.
This is the first sign of the violence that brings the play to end in tragedy. This is because the friendship between Edward and Mickey weakens when they both start to love Linda. In my chosen scene, Edward and Mickey are just great friends with Linda; but as their love for her starts to grow, the links between the two boys become more and more dangerous. It is Mickey’s love of Linda that drives him to kill Edward because he thinks Edward is going to run off with her. In a way, Linda’s dominance over the two boys in my chosen scene, and the way Edward and Mickey just do whatever she wants, foreshadows what is to happen at the end of the play.
ConclusionThe role of the characters to represent their class, the themes of class and violence that are used and the different language of the characters all combine to make a hugely successful, exciting and unique play. Russel creates unique and contrasting characters to make the play very exciting. The effect on the audience ?