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Theatre Visit- Blood Brothers. We visited a London Theatre, 'The Phoenix Theatre' on the 13th March 2003 and saw 'Blood Brothers'. The play was about a single parent who had many children, and then became pregnant again with twins. Her rich employer wanted children but could not have any herself; she asked if she could have one of the babies in secret and tell people the baby was her own. Reluctantly, the pregnant mother agrees to give up one of her babies as she could not afford the unborn child, and also under the conditions that she could see the child grow up everyday when she came to her work to clean the home. As the children grow up, one remains poor in his family, and the other raised by a much higher class family is raised in a posh environment with good manners and behaviour- the other the complete opposite. When they become around 7 years old they cross each other in the neighbourhood, and not knowing that they are true brothers, they become close friends. ...read more.

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Also family ties, relationships between families, and the way parents raise their children, depending on the amount of money they have. The set was on stage, with lights and hills in the background to show outdoors. Then when they were inside there home, another board was brought into the background to show inside a home. There were also boards along the side to show the front of the poorer homes, and the side of the richer home. The set was not just for scenery, but for representation of class also. In the richer homes, we cold see more elegant, fancy settings, whereas in the poorer homes the setting was more economical, basic lower class furniture. The set changed during the course of the play to represent different things happening, different places and different areas. The symbolism of costumes was again the difference of class in society. The richer family worse neat tidy and smarter clothes and the people on the lower class wore tatty cheap dull costumes. ...read more.

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She played this well by using strong facial expressions, and emotional outbursts when she was unhappy or afraid. Also as she was an upper class lady, she had a precise, superior accent. None of the characters in 'Blood Brothers' stood out as bad or unprofessional actors. The best part of the play was the ending scene where both brothers were shot. As there was a lot of sound and commotion just before they were shot where tension was built - then after the sudden gunshot, there was a long dramatic pause. This was the scene which had the longest period of tension; this is why I think it was so distinctive and memorable. I have learnt from this play mainly more techniques which can be used in my own work. In 'Blood Brothers', they used amplified facial expressions, to show their emotions of their characters. To improve my own drama I should use more exaggerated facial expressions, to convey our emotions within the drama clearer. Also, include dramatic pauses to build and hold tension. Concerning society, the play did not so much teach me, but reminded me of the barriers put between people in society, when different positions of status are involved. By Shenaz Allybokus ...read more.

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