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Blood Brothers coursework

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Blood Brothers Play Review Recently I have been to see 'Blood Brothers' the musical and I will be writing a review on my thoughts of the production. 'Blood Brothers' is about male twins that were separated at birth. One 'Eddie' was given away to Mrs Lyons to be adopted and the other was kept with its birth mother 'Mrs Johnston'. The boys grew up on different sides of the neighbourhood and soon encountered each other and became 'Blood Brothers'. Mrs Lyons did not want Eddie to find out that she was not his mother so she decided to move away and have a new beginning. Co-incidentally they moved to the same neighbourhood. They met again. Eddie went off to college and Mickey looked for a job. Mickey married his childhood sweetheart Linda and Linda them a house by asking Eddie. Mickey didn't like the fact that Eddie was providing for his family. Mickey began to get jealous and went after Eddie but he wasn't going to kill him, the police got the wrong impression. They were both killed. Staging I think that the staging of the play was very efficient because they only ever had to change the whole set once and this was during the intermission. The set was of the rough side of the neighbourhood and the houses were on the left, on the right hand side of the stage there were a few exits in the form of alleyways. ...read more.


Hot seating In my drama lesson I developed my hot seating techniques. Four people were chosen to be interviewed by the class and each one of these four people took a role of a character from the play. The first four people that were interviewed were Mickey, Eddie, Linda and Mrs Lyons. Mickey was played by Aaron and he finally took on the role of his character. Mickey at this time was eight and he showed this by swinging side to side and on rare occasions Aaron would begin to play with his toes. I found this very effective as it helped me to realise that it was actually what an eight year old would do. Aaron answered the questions with a smooth high pitched voice and he stumbled over his words sometimes to show that he was trying to protect himself from all of the strangers. I asked Mickey 'how does it feel to have Eddie as your blood brother? He answered 'its alright I guess, I mean he doesn't really know much, but its fun to teach him new words. He's a bit p...posh but I think its funny and anyways, he's My blood brother and no one else's, see our Sammy cant take Eddie away from me too'. I think that this was a very good answer as he used reference from the play by saying our Sammy can't take Eddie. ...read more.


Tejal was acting as the younger, she put on a high loud voice as to emphasise the childishness of her character and I found this very effective. Soraya had a lower pitched voice and her body was very harsh and expressive. She said things like 'how could she do this to me, go behind my back and see....him....ill kill him'. Soraya said this in an angry tone and her facial expressions were very distinctive. Her face was screwed up and her fists were clenched, this showed that she was very angry and frustrated. I found this very effective because this made me engaged and I wanted to hear more of what she was saying. I felt her pain. I would also like to evaluate my monologue as I think it was one of my strongest performances as I was acting as Linda. I began as the older version of Linda. I started by saying 'how could he do this to me' I showed my frustration by holding my hands to my head and clenching my fists. I think that the audience found this effective because they were engaged in my conversations. I think that when I played the young Linda that I had made the biggest effect on the audience because I really connected to my character because I giggled and I was lying on the floor. I found this very effective because I found that the audience has smiles on their faces when I did this. If I could change anything it would be that I would out more energy into my performances. Angelica Bagot 0192 Centre Num 13345 ...read more.

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