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Blood Brothers Evaluation

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Gary Thompson Wednesday 2nd April 2009 Blood Brothers Evaluation On 27th March, I saw a performance of Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre in London. After already reading the book, I didn't think I would enjoy the play very much. I found the story boring and didn't have much interest in it until nearer the end. The Drama Medium The Use of Costume In the play, costume was used to illustrate the age and class of the characters. For example, when Mickey and Eddie were children of seven, they both wore clothes that didn't fit and their outfits obviously stated their families' budgets. Mickey wore what looked like Sammy's old, baggy clothes and Eddie wore an un-creased, tight uniform. I think this helped to show the audience the boys' situation immediately and bring them to terms with how different social classes treat their children. ...read more.

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It was also used to show how important the character was. For example, when Mrs. Johnstone sang about how her life quickly changed, there was a spotlight always aimed towards her, like the play was about her and her life. Also, the narrator never had any direct light, as if he was just part of the background, not involved with the rest of the characters. The Use of Space/Levels This play was very simple with how they used the space. The Johnstone family spent their lives on the left-hand side of the stage and the Lyons on the right. Only Mickey and Eddie spent most of their time spread across the whole stage. I think this was done to show how their lives are only separated by a thin imaginary wall, which represents the difference in social class. The Use of Set/Props The set was simple and related to the themes of class and money. ...read more.

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For example, younger Mickey's movements were very untidy and careless because that was his character. However when he grew up, he was very considerate and scared of how his reactions would have an effect on people like Linda and Mrs. Johnstone. I think this helped the audience to connect with the characters because they saw how these movements changed with the person's age and maturity. The Element of Drama The Plot The plot focuses on twins who are separated at birth, each to live absolutely opposite lives. Mickey lives in poverty with his biological mother, Mrs. Johnstone, who is constantly attempting and mostly failing at controlling her seemingly infinite number of children. Eddie is given to Mrs. Johnstone's rich, conniving boss after the overloaded mother realises she can economically only keep one of the boys. This seemed very obvious to me and I was not surprised how the story unfolded. The play was set out in what is called framed. ...read more.

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