Ten Minute Tales: Sailmaker, Kidnapped and Bold Girls


A compilation of short comedy films on three key texts for National Five English: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bold Girls by Rona Munro and Sailmaker by Alan Spence.


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Morning! Kidnapped, right?

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And, er, I'm the narrator.

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Ah, yes, OK.

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OK.

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Kidnapped is an adventure novel set in 18th century Scotland,

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told by our hero, David Balfour.

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Ah, yes, I am indeed the hero or protagonist.

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Although there are two main characters.

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We meet David at 17. With his mother, and now father, gone,

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he seeks out his mysterious and wealthy uncle -

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Ebenezer Balfour of the House of Shaws.

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Ebenezer appears mean and untrustworthy

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and all but sends him to his death by leading him

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to a dangerously dilapidated tower next to the house.

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The next day a cabin boy, Ransome, arrives at Ebenezer's house

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with a message from Captain Hoseason.

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Ebenezer decides to go to Queensferry to meet with Hoseason,

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and David, wanting to see ships and the sea for the first time,

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joins him.

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Ha-hargh! Cap'n Hoseason at your service.

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-PARROT SQUAWKS

-You were Ransome a minute ago.

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Actors' strike, I'm filling in. Ha-hargh!

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I'm Cap'n Hoseason of the Covenant -

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a ship that deals with Mr Ebenezer's business.

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But you're not a pirate, you're a Captain.

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-Tone it down a bit.

-Aye, aye, Cap'n!

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Once at Queensferry, David is kidnapped by Hoseason

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who's been paid off by Ebenezer.

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With Hoseason in charge, the ship is a brutal place.

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Ransome is murdered and David becomes the cabin boy.

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Soon the Covenant is dashed against another boat in the storm

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and the crew picks up its only survivor - a strange Highlander,

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dressed as a French soldier calling himself Alan Breck Stewart.

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Hoseason and his crew plan to rob and murder the stranger,

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but with David's help he fights off his attackers

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and an unbreakable bond is formed

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between the two very different characters.

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The middle section of the book...

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Featuring loads of great observational stuff

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about the social political climate of the time in Scotland...

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But mainly about my growth as a character...

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The middle section follows David's plot to return to the Lowlands

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and is set against the backdrop of real historical events, including

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the murder, by Highlanders, of the King's agent, Colin Campbell.

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Ah, yes, the old Red Squirrel.

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Red Fox! I hate that guy!

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When David arrives in Appin, he meets a group of men that includes

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Campbell, who at that very moment

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is shot and killed by an unknown assassin.

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David flees and runs into Alan. The two are now murder suspects

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and face a gruelling flight through the wilderness.

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Along the way they hide out with the Highland leader, Cluny MacPherson.

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While the exhausted David rests...

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I'm off for some shuteye, my good man.

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Whatever you do, don't gamble away all our money while I'm asleep.

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..Alan and Cluny play cards and Alan gambles away all their money.

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A huge row follows until Alan realises David is incredibly sick.

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Once David recovers, he returns to Queensferry

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and the final part of our story -

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David's plot to uncover the truth and avenge his kidnapping.

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David's lawyer, Rankeillor...

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That's me!

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You're a lawyer, not a judge.

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It was the only legal prop they had.

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..Rankeillor reveals that David is the true heir

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to the House of Shaws estate.

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At the house, Alan gets Ebenezer to admit his plan.

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Were you, Mr Ebenezer, plotting to sell

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David into slavery in the Carolinas?

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Aye!

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I heard that. The game is up.

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The story ends with David about to claim his fortune...

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Goodbye, my old friend. I'm all right, Jack!

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I mean, Alan. See ya!

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..promising Alan he will send him the money he needs to get to France

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to be with his clan leader.

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I'm sure that will happen.

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Kidnapped is told from the viewpoint of David.

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A 17-year-old who is left alone when his father dies

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and sets off on a coming-of-age adventure.

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Along the way he matures through facing a series of immense

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challenges, from leaving his Lowland home to his determination at the end

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to claim what is rightfully his in a dignified and compassionate way.

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Yet David is also a contradictory character, and despite the fact

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he is the narrator, we're encouraged to recognise his faults.

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When he realises he could have escaped from Erraid

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simply by walking across at low tide, he admits his own stupidity.

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I am such a townie.

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Whilst he can also be stubborn and immature.

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I'm not immature.

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From the moment they meet, David identifies Alan as a tough,

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experienced character.

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An agile and skilled Highland soldier,

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fiercely loyal to his clan and family name.

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He is ruthless and cunning...

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So why is this book no' called Alan's Tale, eh?

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..whilst also being vain and quick to take offence.

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Alan's Highland perspective means he frequently sees things

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differently from David.

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But Alan owes his life to David and will never forget that debt.

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There are also a number of minor characters in Kidnapped.

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David's Uncle Ebenezer is a selfish, cunning figure.

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Ha-ha-ha... Aye! You'll no' get my money.

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Wind your neck in, pal. He said "minor" characters.

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Ebenezer is old, rude and greedy.

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There's a wee bit that I promised you before you were born

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and it has grown to be a matter of just precisely...

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£30.

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Scots.

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Oh, oh, oh, I see, it's the old tight Scotsman stereotype, is it?

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But Ebenezer is dangerous too, willing to send David to

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an uncertain fate just to protect his ill-gotten gains.

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Grrrrrrrr.

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The naval captain, Hoseason, is another contradictory character.

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Ha-hargh! No, I'm not.

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Yes, you are and you're not a pirate.

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(Silly.)

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Hoseason claims to be a man of religion and honour,

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but ruthlessly prioritises his livelihood more than any human life.

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And?

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Henderland is a preacher who helps David across Mull.

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He's a Lowlander living in the Highlands

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and illustrates the religious, linguistic and cultural divisions

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that existed in this time of change in Scotland.

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Oh, is that so?

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Highland clan leader Cluny...

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..is a sad figure.

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He's right, I'm sad.

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He's lost almost everything, and the game of cards he plays with Alan...

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Come on, Alan, Top Trumps, Clan Leaders - let's play!

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..represents his only chance of both proving himself

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and engaging in a gentlemanly pastime.

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And finally the lawyer, Rankeillor, plays the part of the ultimate canny

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Lowlander, keen on the letter of the law.

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He is willing to help David

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but insists he's told as little as possible about Alan

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because of his alleged involvement in the murder of Colin Campbell.

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Mum's the word. Here's my card.

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They're minor characters, remember, so don't forget -

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my story...

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..and Alan's!

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Whilst Kidnapped is in many ways a straightforward adventure story,

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there are many themes running through it.

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Themes are for dreams.

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Themes such as maturity...

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PFF-RRRT!

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Classic!

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Yeah.

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The novel also explores the idea of duality,

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where something has two parts.

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Alan and David, for example, have hugely contrasting backgrounds.

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These contrasts draw attention to the two different

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sides of Scotland during this turbulent time in history.

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It's 1752. An attempted rebellion by Bonnie Prince Charlie

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to overthrow King George II has been crushed.

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The Highland clan system has been dismantled

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and the Lowlands were experiencing the beginnings of industry

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and civilisation as we know it today.

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Hoots and poppycock! What's so good about civilisation?

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Match Of The Day, carpets, Lady Gaga!

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Many of the book's characters also have two sides,

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like Alan who is loyal and generous...

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Fancy a crisp, David?

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..but utterly ruthless when he needs to be.

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No more crisps for you...ever!

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Nature is a constant challenge to David and Alan,

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which tells us a lot about them.

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David is humble when he thinks he has been stranded on Erraid

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only to discover he could simply walk across when it's low tide.

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Embarrassing!

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His flight with Alan across Rannoch Moor, exposed to the elements,

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almost breaks him.

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Exhausting!

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Meeting these challenges helps David to mature

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and reveals Alan to be an ingenious and tough character.

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Loyalty and friendship is another key theme.

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By saving Alan's life, David wins his loyalty,

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but there's a constant tension between them.

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A key source of strain between the two characters

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comes from their different views about honour and respect.

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The many different interpretations of honour

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and respect are in display in one particular scene where Alan

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loses David's money in a game of cards with clan leader Cluny.

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Well, I'm embarrassed cos I have to ask for my money back.

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And I'm embarrassed

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because I would never take another gentleman's money.

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And I'm embarrassed because you two are so lame!

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We're all mates, it's just a bit of money. Get over it!

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Absolutely fascinating.

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It's just an adventure book.

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CLEARS HIS THROAT

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Sailmaker is set in Govan, Glasgow, in the 1960s,

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with the majority of action taking place in a tenement flat

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shared by Davie and his young son, Alec.

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The play starts with Alec recalling the abrupt way

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in which his father had told him that his mother had died.

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Got a bit of bad news for you, son.

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Yer mammy's dead.

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I'll make a cup of tea.

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The story then follows father and son over a decade

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as they both respond to their loss in different ways.

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Davie used to be a sailmaker.

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I'm so proud that you're a sailmaker, Dad.

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But with the once-mighty shipbuilding industry in decline,

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he's forced to work unhappily as a debt collector.

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OK. I'm so proud that you USED to be a sailmaker, Dad.

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And Davie is determined that Alec gain a better education,

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so he can escape a similar fate.

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Don't ever be a sailmaker, son.

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Get good grades and you can do something...

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..fancy.

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Alec and his cousin, Ian, are very close

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and enjoy playing imaginative games together.

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Let's play grown-ups, Ian,

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and imagine what it would be like if we were really tall.

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But they drift apart

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when Alec becomes involved with his local church.

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Church is rubbish.

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Ian, meanwhile, is content to be working-class like his dad, Billy -

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that's Davie's brother.

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You just need a trade, son, that's all you need.

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OK, no probs, will do.

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And when Alec secures a scholarship to a private school,

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he mocks him for wanting to better himself.

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School's rubbish.

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Throughout the play, an old wooden toy yacht

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is at the centre of the action.

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Alec finds it abandoned in a cupboard

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and asks his dad to make a sail for it.

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You used to be a sailmaker, Dad,

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so this would be a massively symbolic opportunity for you

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to face up to the pains of the past and move on in life.

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But despite his promises and passion for the craft, it never happens.

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I'd love to help you, son,

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but I'm too busy sinking deeper and deeper into a long-term depression.

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His Uncle Billy, however, is quick to do his bit,

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even repainting the boat for Alec.

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Thanks, Uncle Billy.

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Now, I've got a beautifully painted symbolic toy yacht.

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Just need those sails now, Dad.

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The play ends on a bleak and depressing note,

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with Alec looking forward to going to university

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-and getting his own place.

-Well, that's me out of here, then, Dad.

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I took your advice and got an education.

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So, I'm off, leaving you alone and without hope.

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With the bills unpaid and the house so cold,

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they have to burn their possessions including, finally, the toy yacht.

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It'll keep us warm and give a meaningful moment for both of us.

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Sailmaker's central character is Alec.

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We meet him as a young boy who has recently lost his mother.

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Unlike his father, Davie, he grieves openly, and as a result is

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able to move on whilst his father remains stuck in a rut.

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-I suppose that's true, right enough.

-It is, yeah!

-Thanks!

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Alec is smart and imaginative, as we see in the games that he plays with

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the old broken toy yacht he found hidden away in the family home.

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Super yacht, sailing on the ocean. Whoooa!

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He seems to be after some sort of escapism,

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and by the second act had become heavily involved in the Church.

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I love God, me. I think I'll learn all the catechisms.

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Church isnae for people like us, son.

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All you need to know is Catholics are bad, right?

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Alec soon realises that he has no real faith.

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What he likes about the church is memorising bits of the Bible.

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That boy needs a trade.

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His efforts to rise above the social class through education,

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drilled into him by his father, Davie, cause him

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to drift away from Ian and later his lethargic and depressed dad, too.

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Alec's cousin, Ian, is an uncomplicated character,

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but also represents attitudes common at the time, that wanting

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a better life also meant betraying your class,

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but he does have ambitions to join the Army.

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Imagine getting paid to play Call Of Duty!

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It wasn't even around then!

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His dad convinces him that all you need is a trade

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and also passes on his bigotry about Catholics.

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All you need is a trade, son,

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although I woudnae bother working for any Catholics.

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Despite Billy's rather narrow outlook,

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he often compares favourably to his brother.

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He keeps his promise to Alec and paints his toy yacht,

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he battles back from redundancy by learning a new trade and even

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relocates to Aberdeen with Ian so neither of them slide into poverty.

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Listen, son, if you lose your trade, you get a new trade or you

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move somewhere to find a trade.

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Basically trade, trade, trade, trade, trade.

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Trade?

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Meanwhile, Davie himself is in decline

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from the moment Alec's mum dies.

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We learn the young Davie was very different - he read the classics.

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Classic.

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And he was a skilled sailmaker, but as a struggling, widowed father,

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he lacks the confidence to bounce back

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and make his son proud once more.

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He's a good man but his eventual lack of self-respect is so total,

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he borrows his son's bursary money to pay the bills

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but uses it to drink and gamble.

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Oops.

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As Alec starts to fulfil his potential,

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he nears the escape his dad encouraged him to make

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and the relationship weakens.

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By the end, a hardened Alec is preparing to move out of home

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and move to university, leaving his dad facing an uncertain future.

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What will become of you, Dad?

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I'll be fine, son, I'll just...

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There are several underlying themes in Sailmaker,

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namely those of family and social class.

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You should listen to these, son, education is important.

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OK, Dad, perhaps you can mend the sails on this toy yacht

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-while I'm at it.

-Aye, I could do, it's just I've got to, em...

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Alec and Davie's family situation changes at the beginning

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of the play with the death of Alec's mother.

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Whilst Davie had been a skilled sailmaker,

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he had found himself doing undesirable jobs.

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I'm a debt collector.

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So he impresses on Alec the need to escape his working-class roots

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whilst doing little to better his own life.

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Across the play, the dreams that Davie encourages Alec to pursue

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gradually push father and son further and further apart.

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In contrast, Davie's brother, Billy,

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and his son Ian's relationship, remains stable throughout...

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Happy the way we are.

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..symbolising their contentment with being working-class.

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Which is what my dad said, just with fancy words.

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Billy and Ian share the same slightly narrow-minded,

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unambitious outlook on life

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but also the same pragmatic approach to its challenges.

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In the end they simply stick together

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and go to where the work is, Aberdeen,

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without any apparent drama or complaint.

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Aberdeen's very nice, I'll have you know.

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A secondary theme in the play is grief.

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A young Alec grieves heavily

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and is thus able to come to terms with his mother's death.

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HE WAILS

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OK, onwards and upwards for me, I think. You coming, Dad?

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No, I'll probably just, em...

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Davie, though, avoids the pain of grief. He's an intelligent man

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but allows himself to descend into apathy and depression.

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And when Alec teases him about a woman...

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It's always the same. Every time you meet a woman, she's a really,

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really nice person. Why don't you just admit that you fancy her?

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..he slaps him.

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Despite all Alec's education,

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he fails to recognise his father's loneliness.

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Our final theme in the play is religion.

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To Ian and Billy, religion is about sectarianism and bigotry -

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widespread in Glasgow and the West of Scotland at the time.

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Protestants are great. Catholics arenae great.

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And the play shows us how easily such attitudes are passed on

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through the generations.

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Catholics are nae great.

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Davie raises Alec in a more tolerant environment

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and Alec shows an interest in spirituality from the outset

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and a desire for God to send him a sign.

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He rejects organised religion, though, leaving the Church

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and even then, at the end, being prepared to throw a hymn book

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on the fire just so he and his father can keep warm.

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Shall I just chuck this on, then, Dad?

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I don't think I should get involved. I better just, em...

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The end.

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Meet the Bold Girls.

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Bold Girls follows a day in the lives of four ordinary women

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living in Belfast in the early 1990s.

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Oh, look how ordinary we are!

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Here's an ironing board.

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The play begins in Marie's house,

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where she's gossiping with Cassie and Cassie's mother, Nora.

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Meanwhile, tensions between the Catholic community

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and the British soldiers policing it come to a head.

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A peculiar mood is created by the presence of a mystery girl

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who is watching Marie's house.

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Whooooo!

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Suddenly, with sirens blaring, there's a loud banging on the door.

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DOOR BANGS

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Deirdre, the mystery girl..

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Wooooo!

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..enters the house in a white dress soaked through.

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She is sullen and strange

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and disappears into the bathroom uninvited to have a shower.

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Woooh!

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It soon becomes apparent

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that there's tension between Nora and Cassie.

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God forgive me for bringing a child into this world

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with a heart of flint and a tongue to match.

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Meanwhile Marie recalls her late husband, Michael, fondly.

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A picture of him dominates the set

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and she observes strangely that Deirdre looks a bit like him.

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When no-one's looking, Cassie hides some money behind the picture.

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By the end of the scene, Deirdre secretly removes it.

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Wooooo!

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Scene two takes us to the Bold Girls' night out.

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Nora thinks that Cassie is dressed...inappropriately...

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..while Cassie confides in Marie

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that she is dreading her husband, Joe, being released from prison.

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Deirdre, who works in the club as a waitress...

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Hiya! Woooooo!

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..reveals she once saw Cassie with a man in a blue car.

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Cassie explodes with rage...

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..and has to be dragged away before she hits Deirdre.

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In a short scene three, the action moves outside the club, where Cassie

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tells Marie she has saved up £200 and is going to run away.

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We then see Deirdre alone with a piece of peach fabric that

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house-proud Nora has her heart set on decorating the house with,

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destroying it with a knife.

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The final scene takes place at Marie's house

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at the end of the night.

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Cassie shockingly reveals that she slept with Marie's husband, Michael.

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Get out!

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Deirdre reveals that she is Michael's illegitimate daughter.

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What more do you want?

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-Him.

-Take him. What good do you think he'll be to you?

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He was my daddy.

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What?!

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Marie smashes the photo of the husband she once idealized,

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yet as the play closes, it seems she is ready to forgive Deirdre

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and somehow move on.

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-Tea?

-Wooooooo!

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All of the main characters in Bold Girls

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are bold in their own individual way.

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I'm the tough one.

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I'm the brave one.

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And I'm the gobby one.

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Whilst the men in their lives have a huge impact, they are all absent.

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The Bold Girls must - and do - survive without them.

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Marie is courageous.

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She kids herself that her husband was faithful, a heroic family man,

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but she does so for her children.

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However, when she learns the truth that her husband betrayed her

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-with her best friend...

-Get out of my house!

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She actually throws crisps at me!

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..she somehow finds a way of accepting it

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and moving on and doing what she feels is right as a mother.

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She's the only character that faces the truth and undergoes a change.

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Her story is symbolised by the picture of Michael.

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It dominates the set but at the end lies smashed and demolished.

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Cassie is brash and self-destructive.

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The way she dresses and her aggression

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makes her provocative in every way.

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Cassie implies she's desperate to escape,

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but the money she slowly steals from her mother - a meagre £200 -

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implies she's a dreamer and that this will never happen.

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Now you're trying!

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Nora represents the stoic older generation of women

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that feared their husbands, favoured their sons

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and didn't believe in chasing dreams of a better life.

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She's not afraid to stand up to British soldiers,

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but only when it threatens her escape. Domestic perfection.

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Oh, would you look at what those great big boots are doing

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to my nasturtiums?

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Her journey is symbolised by the role of peach fabric

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that she invests so much energy in.

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It disappears and we see her shallow dream easily destroyed.

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But Nora will simply carry on and try again.

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What will I do without it?

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Ah, well, just have to get some more.

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Finally the mysterious Deirdre is the catalyst

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that brings everything to a head.

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Woooo! I'm a caterpillar.

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Catalyst! You make stuff happen!

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Deirdre has been denied a life of her own,

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so she steals from others and actively seeks the truth.

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Her journey is symbolised by the knife

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she uses to destroy Nora's dream.

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We all need the truth but the truth can be damaging and destructive.

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My knife of truth.

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Oh, some lovely peach fabric.

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Perhaps the most striking theme running through Bold Girls

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is that of truth and self-delusion.

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Marie, Cassie and Nora have all, in different ways,

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failed to face up to the truth.

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Their lives are about survival, and the truth could make things harder.

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Marie maintains an idolised view of her late husband, Michael,

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so that she and her kids can keep going.

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My lovely Michael. The family man, so true and honest.

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What a great guy.

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But the signs are there from the start,

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both that he was unfaithful and that she knows it.

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# La-la-la-la! #

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Oh, bother!

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Her journey reveals that the truth hurts, but only by confronting

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it and accepting it can you become empowered and move on.

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STIFLED SOB

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Hmm, never mind!

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Cassie uses brashness to suggest she is a force of harsh truth.

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Her sarcastic comments to Marie...

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Oh, Marie, you're so cool. Your hair looks amazing.

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-The REAL lines?

-They're all the same, Marie.

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Not Michael.

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Wasn't he just the perfect saint of a man?

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Cassie is frustrated by Marie's blind faith in Michael,

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but she herself is skilled in delusion,

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blaming Nora and her nagging for the domestic violence

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she suffered at the hands of her husband, Cassie's dad.

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She even blames it on eggs.

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He didn't like eggs, I gave him eggs.

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I drove him to it.

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Eggs are not an excuse for domestic violence.

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In the final act we discover the truth

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that Cassie can never escape from. She slept with Marie's husband.

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Like the £200 she saved up, it's another futile act of escapism

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and self-delusion that will get her nowhere.

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Nora, meanwhile, hides in a domestic perfectionism.

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Ah! Cushions.

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Widowed from a violent husband...

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-Ah, doesn't matter!

-..her sons in prison...

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-It's no big deal.

-..at loggerheads with her daughter...

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-Whatever.

-..and with chaos outside her front door...

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Oh, you just got to love those Troubles(!)

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..this is clearly a delusion.

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For her, though, there's no point in dreaming.

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The truth - that her life is not that great - is best left ignored.

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Ahhhh, cushions!

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Bold Girls also explores the status of women

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and their relationship with men.

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The absent men symbolise negative qualities - infidelity...

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That's YOUR husband.

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-Drunkenness...

-That's MY husband.

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-Violence...

-That's YOUR husband.

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-Your Daddy.

-It's your fault, you gave him eggs.

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Whilst the women, in contrast, are bold.

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They've got on with their lives and raised children,

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despite tough circumstance and flawed relationships.

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Marie is the only character to grow.

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She concludes that men and women, for all their faults,

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need one another.

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Our final theme in Bold Girls is that of conflict,

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the conflict between truth and reality,

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the conflict between men and women,

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the conflict between women and women

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and the political conflict that provides the play's backdrop.

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Once again conflict brings truth -

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unavoidable and, of course, destructive -

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but the only way to move forward.

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No, it isn't!

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Yes, it is.

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Oh!

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I see what you've done there.

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What a lovely way to end it!

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A compilation of short comedy films on the plot, characters and themes of three key texts for National Five English: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bold Girls by Rona Munro and Sailmaker by Alan Spence. Our host and narrator, comedian Iain Stirling, guides us through a series of tongue-in-cheek reconstructions as he attempts to unlock the secrets of each work.


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