Objective: The audience is introduced to the scene of the Porters' one-room apartment in the Midlands on an early April evening. The curtain rises on a large Victorian attic room, furnished simply with a dressing table, a double bed, a bookshelf, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, a gas stove and a cupboard. Downstage center is a dining table with three chairs, as well as two worn leather armchairs. The aim of this lesson is to look at the difference between a play and a novel.
1) Class discussion. Why do the students think Osborne uses only one location? How does he use the characters to express a life beyond this location? How is the location used to express elements such as theme and character? Would one location work in a novel? If not, why does it work in a play? How do the students think the story...
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