Activities that encourage students to reflect on the plot of the play, considering how events impact on the play as a whole and charting the tension. Useful plot summary included.
For this act, students choose five events from a longer plot summary, explaining why they are the most key moments in the scene. Events are listed in note form, e.g.
- The bodies of the two brothers are on stage.
- Mrs Johnstone’s Marilyn Monroe song.
- Mrs Johnstone can’t pay the milkman.
Students create a timeline of events using the Act 2 summary statements: they plot these on a tension graph. Statements include:
- The Johnstones enjoy their new life; the bills are paid and the milkman is friendly. The boys are now fourteen. The Lyons settle into their new life, Edward is off to boarding school.
- Mickey, Linda and Sammy are on the bus going to school. Sammy robs the conductor at knife point.
- Edward is excelling at school; he is very bright but suspended after being rude to a teacher who insists that he remove the locket.
The whole play
Students reflect on the key scenes from the whole play by mind-mapping key themes:
- childhood, friendship and growing up
- social class and opportunity
- fate and destiny
- nature versus nurture.