Byrne’s humour breathes life into the often tragic stories of the characters. The language is rich in parody, dialect and word play. Stage directions add depth to the comedy and characterisation.
What does the use of Scots add to the play?
Authenticity and realism
Both of the above
What does the stage direction starts working quickly and methodically suggest about Spanky?
starts working quickly and methodically
He always takes great pride in his work
He uses his work to escape reality
He is more productive when Phil is not present
What do Phil’s monologues reveal about his character?
The hardships he has faced and his aggressive nature
His hopes and fears for the future
How he honestly feels about Mr. Curry
Which theme reaches some resolution when Hector Takes Parker Pen out of Phil’s pocket and hands it to Alan?
Takes Parker Pen out of Phil’s pocket and hands it to Alan
What is the effect of the play taking place over one day in one location?
Which comic device is used when Sadie describes her husband, accidentally, throwing out her prosthetic breast?
What is meant by the term ‘parody’?
Finding humour in a dark subject matter
Physical and silly comedy
Exaggerated imitation of another style
Which event is ‘farcical’?
The discovery of Phil’s folio
What does the Slab Boy’s use of word play suggest about them?
They are quick witted and intelligent
They are aggressive and mean
They are disillusioned and frustrated
What conflict do the audience face at the end of the play?
Happiness versus sadness
Anger versus sympathy
Surprise versus indifference