Blue Remembered hills

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Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? This is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain. The happy highways where I went And cannot come again. After reading the introduction to the play I realized that it was not going to be a ‘friendly’ play about a group of seven year olds. There was going to be something to give it a malicious twist. The play begins with one of the small boys playing happily by themselves. My first reaction was seeing as the children are being played by adults this will look quite ‘odd’. What I was having to understand was that it was being played by adults to emphasise that children don’t always play in a ‘friendly’ matter. When the boy starts pretending he is an aeroplane he quotes: ‘Then be all dead. Dead. Dead. Burnt to nothing’. He has said that all the people he has imagined will die and be burnt. This is a very disturbing thing for such a young child to be thinking, instead we would expect him to say: ‘and they will Continue...

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They are playing 'families' and Angela has a doll. In the scene that we first looked at Audrey and Angela started being very friendly towards Donald. This is a side of a seven year old that I have never seen or imagined before. His behaviour is very spiteful and threatens to 'spit right in the middle' of Willie's face. The reasoning behind this is that he wants us to see them in a new light - that they are not always innocent and sweet, and by having adults play them this would take away the 'Ahh' factor. Therefore, using adults would mean that the truth would be acted out. Another time that the children show what goes on in their real life in their game is when Audrey tries to be the 'perfect mum'; "I'll just go and put the kettle on. When Audrey says, "Smack the baby Donald. V and Angela thought instantly that this is how all mums behave. However, what shocked me was when Peter started beating Willie physically over an apple. all land softly' or a similar gentle mannered idea. This shows that Donald was probably hit when he was a baby so he knows that it is wrong. As two friends, Peter and Willie are united and their behaviour seems quite normal and playful. One of these occasions is when Donald says that he has cut of his finger and says, "Cut me bloody finger off.


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