The Generation Gap
Part I Pre-Reading Task
Listen to the recording1 two or three times and then think over the following questions:
1. What sort of a song is it?
2. Who should be sitting up and taking notice? Why?
3. What does the singer think of his parent's way of doing things?
4. Do you agree with what he says?
The following words in the recording may be new to you:
This comedy centers around a proud father's attempts to help his children, attempts which somehow or other always end up embarrassing them. For the sake of fun it carries things to extremes, but nearly everyone can recognize something of themselves and their parents in it.
FATHER KNOWS BETTER
CHARACTERS: FATHER; MOTHER; HEIDI, 14; DIANE, 17; SEAN, 16; RESTAURANT MANAGER, 20s; MRS. HIGGINS.
-SETTING: Various locations including a fast-food restaurant, the Thompson family dining room, and an office at a high school.
ATRISE: -As the lights come up, HEIDI enters and crosses Down Right to the edge of the stage. SEAN and DIAN