Willy Russell had taught at Tiber street school, one of the locations used in the film and called on his experiences of school trips — as a teacher and as a child — when writing the screenplay, which he finished in five days.
The film was shot on 16mm film by a first-time director in three weeks and features a largely untrained cast.
Introduction 'Our day out is an interesting play based on a school trip with a group of underachieving children.
This play conveys a deeper message about life in areas like Liverpool for people in the late 1970s. " This conveys to the audience his strict, military style way of teaching.
Within the first few minutes of the trip Briggs's old-fashioned streak is portrayed.
He says to one of the pupils: "You now very well that on a schools visit you wear school uniform." This shows that Briggs is concerned about how the school is portrayed and he wants to set a good example of a good school.
His distrust for the children is portrayed and he accompanies them at the back to make sure they don't smoke. Middle Really he just wants to educate them but he doesn't understand them and their situations.
"There will be no more smoking if I stay up here, will there? This makes us empathise with the children because like Mrs Kay we begin to be realistic and know that they aren't going to get an education and that they will have 'limited opportunities' for most of their life. The teachers go searching for her and Briggs finds her stood on a cliff top.
The original television version was developed into a musical for the stage with songs by Willy Russell, Chris Mellor and Bob Eaton.
This production, directed by Bob Eaton, was first performed at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool in 1983.