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Bold Girls Revision

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Transcript of Bold Girls Revision

Bold Girls : Rona Munro "Drama" Revision Relationships Plot Overview On the surface the play is about four domesticated women coping with their lives in Northern Ireland during the “Troubles”.

However, if you dig deeper it’s about four women longing for some form of escape from the lives they find themselves trapped in.
It’s also about relationships between:

family members (Nora and Cassie)

friends (Marie and Cassie)

past relationships (Marie and Michael Cassie and Joe)

future relationships (Marie and Deirdre)



Scene Summaries: Scene 4 (KEY SCENE)

Marie’s house. (SETTING)
Nora and Cassie talk about Cassie’s marriage and Nora believes Cassie should be grateful for her life and that she should just make the best of it.
Nora mourns the loss of her peach polyester.
Nora leaves hurt after Cassie tells her she is leaving.
Then, Cassie tells Marie about her affair with Michael. Marie tells Cassie to get out.
While she is seeing to the children, Deirdre comes in with her knife.
She tells Marie she’s brought the money back and gives her back her clothes.
She demands to know about Michael and tells Marie that she is Michael’s daughter.
Marie says she can’t tell her anything that would benefit her.
She sees bruises on Deirdre’s body and asks how she got them.
Deirdre tells her it’s her mum’s new boyfriend.
When Deirdre goes to leave, Marie makes her stay and makes breakfast for her.


Characterisation: Marie

Main character (or protagonist) in the play.
“she is cheerful, efficient, young” – scene 1, opening stage directions.
Mothering nature – she feeds everyone, looks after them: “the kettle always hot for tea” – scene 1, opening stage directions.
Lacks confidence, doesn’t like attention – doesn’t want to dance at club in scene 2.

Lives a lie – doesn’t want to face the truth about her husband / her situation.

Tells her children their daddy was a good man: “I bring him into the fire and I hold him and I say – (getting dreamy) Your daddy was a good man and a brave man and he did the best he could and he’s in heaven watching out for you and when you’re good he’s happy, he’s smiling at you and that’s what keeps us all together, keeps me going, keeps me strong because I know your daddy can see us…” – scene 1.

She knows the that her husband wasn’t great but wants to keep the illusion going for the kids: “he’s a child; it’s good for him to hear it like that. … I know he was no saint – but I miss him.” – scene 1.
Feeds the birds – shows desire for freedom / escape.
Attempts to maintain peace within her house, contrasting with the conflict outside.

Characterisation: Cassie

Marie’s best friend and Nora’s daughter.

Described as “sceptical, sharp-tongued” – scene 1.

Desires escape – saves money to run away with.

So determined to escape that she even considers abandoning her children – selfish.

Hides the money behind Michael’s picture – shows she trusts him.



The Truth and the Knife

Deirdre threatens Marie with the knife in the last scene in an attempt to get the truth from her but to an extent it fails as Marie doesn’t know the truth that Deirdre wants to know.
After discovering Cassie’s affair with Michael, she feels like she no longer knows him.
When Marie uses the knife to destroy Michael’s picture it shows the destructive nature of the truth. Her illusions of Michael have been destroyed by the truth and so it is apt that she uses Deirdre’s knife to destroy the perfect image that has dominated her life.

Marie prides herself on the fact that she and Michael had an honest relationship. When she is talking to Cassie about her relationship with Joe:

Marie, to an extent is avoiding the truth as much as possible.
She tells her children what a good man their daddy was anytime they are upset but Cassie makes her realise how it really was. Just before Cassie tells Marie about the affair Marie tries to defend Michael but Cassie dismisses this.

Cassie perhaps wants to destroy Marie’s impression of the truth because she know the reality and is acting out of guilt.



Escapism and the Birds

Cassie wants more attention and love from her mother but doesn’t receive it.

She desires physical escape having saved money to leave the country and start a new life. However, the £200 she has saved is quite inadequate to do that but her desperation means she seems willing to try regardless.

Cassie escapes from her husband by having affairs with men. She tells Marie how much she hates him in scene 2 when they are dancing:

Nora escapes through domesticity.

By renovating her home and by constantly redecorating she distracts herself from her reality. Her desire for the peach polyester symbolises her desire for escape. The fact that she is going to get this is what keeps her going. However, when it is robbed from her, her “escape” is denied.


All of the characters have their “escape routes” cut off:

Cassie’s money is stolen
Nora’s peach polyester is stolen
Marie’s idealised image of her husband is destroyed by the truth of his affairs.

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