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Drama Coursework - Response Phase

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Blood Brothers by Willy Russell Drama Coursework Response Phase As part of our drama course we are studying the play "blood brothers" by Willy Russell. Blood Brothers is about twins who were separated at birth because their mother could not afford to keep both. As they grow up they meet, become friends and eventually blood brothers. However they both fall in love with the same girl and this conflict ultimately leads to their tragic deaths. First we read the play blood brothers as a class, then our teacher, Mrs O--- asked us to choose and then act out three or four scenes which we, as a group thought were most important. In my group were S---, G--- and N---. The first scene we chose was when Mr Lyons asks Mrs Johnston to give away one of her babies, we thought this was a crucial moment in the play because in this scene we see how the brothers first got separated. We also see the differences between the middle and the working class people, which was important as it is a main theme in the play. I was playing Mrs Lyons and N--- was playing Mrs Johnston. We started our performance with a freeze frame; our freeze frame was useful as it showed the audience what scene we are going to perform. Nicola, playing Mrs Johnston was looking down holding her stomach as if she was pregnant. ...read more.

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In this scene we see how better off the rich one, Edward is that Mrs Lyons is looking after him. The freeze frame for this scene was when the two boys were crossing fingers and Mrs Lyons in the background. We made it clear what scene they were going to perform was when they first meet because it was the part when they became blood brothers. They were both smiling and happy to have made a new friend while Mrs Lyons stood in the background with her arms crossed looking angrily at the two of them. We added a bit of comedy to this part because they are seven year olds and we wanted to show that. Shikira was sitting on her own making funny gun noises looking very scruffy and G---- walks in acting very posh. When S--- taught him swear words he was shocked and amazed at all the "smashing" things that S--- says. We used thought tracking to show how G--- had never meet a boy like him but actually liked him. The hot seating gave the audience a chance to see that G---- has not got a lot of friends as they all bully him but not S----. They audience also got to see that S---- never meet a posh boy like him but they became friends. ...read more.

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When she found out about Linda and Edward's affair she acted good and confidently showing how angry and frustrated she was. She used thought tracking telling the audience how she was thinking out killing him when she went to get the gun before storming out to find Edward. C----- playing Edward was doing his job making a speech acting normal when suddenly T------ barges in pointing a gun in his face. The use of hot seating at this moment let the audience know how scared Edward was and how T------- was not thinking straight and how she was just angry. I thought that this group also could have spoken in more detail to explain to the audience how they feel. At this moment G------ runs in trying to stop T------. She used thought tracking to say how she was thinking of telling them the truth. G----- trying to stop Mickey shouts out to not to kill Edward because they are brothers. But this just makes T---- even more angry thinking that he could have ended up like C---------- with a good job and a great life. G---- in a final attempt to stop Mickey pushes his hand but the gun shoot and kills Edward. The police then shoot T------ and she falls to the floor, leaving G----- in crying in shock. I thought that in this part they could have been more organised and put more thought tracking in but all in all they had a great performance. Milica Maksimovic 10x 1 ...read more.

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