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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Drama
  • Essay length: 1793 words

Evaluation of a live theatre performance

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Introduction

Evaluation of Live Theatre Performance On the 29th of January we went to the Phoenix Theatre in the West End to watch the matinee performance of 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell. 'Blood Brothers' is the story of a two twins born to a destitute mother, Mrs. Johnston, who is deceived into giving one of the twins to a woman who is barren and cannot have children of her own, Mrs. Lyons. The birth mother gets cold feet and goes to get here child back however when she gets there the desperate surrogate makes up a superstition, as she knows that the birth mother is highly superstitious, this scares the birth mother who allows the surrogate to keep the child. The children grow up in their respective families blissfully oblivious to the existence of the other brother. However the boys, for that is what they are, somehow end up together and become best of friends and even go as far as becoming blood brothers as they were born on exactly the same day, nonetheless they are too innocent too realize that the other is his twin, the young boys grow up together and become young men. The young men realize that the hierarchy becomes more distinctive as they age and as Edward's, the twin that was given away, surrogate mother is married to a well off businessman Edwards's is a middle class family whilst contrarily Mickey is from the working class as his father left his mother years ago and so Mrs.

Middle

When Mrs. J and Mrs. L move to the country the flats of the city are lifted in to the flies and replaced by images of the countryside the also the fronts of the wings are also changed, the city house fronts were replaced by more spacious doors and there is no graffiti, the flats depict a large field. One of many symbolic props used in the play is the money Mrs Lyons offers Mrs Johnston when she sacks her. It is symbolic because at the time wealth meant power, if you were rich and wealthy you could do things and get away with them, Furthermore money can buy you just about anything but love and this is highlighted in the play, as it is another theme stressed throughout the play, for example Edward and Mickey both love Linda who only loves Mickey also Mrs J and Mrs L both love Eddie however they show it in very different ways. I've learnt from this performance that if you change the set and bring on props quickly and quietly without the use of excess personnel then the audience barely notice and also there will be no need for any blackouts or to draw the curtains. Lights are used throughout the play to emphasise the meaning behind certain scenes. At the start of the play a red light is shone on an opaque screen in front of the stage, this creates the effect that there is a red mist on stage.

Conclusion

As the play progresses fate instigates the women to move to the same place in the countryside and this causes Mrs Lyons to become paranoid and lose her mind, furthermore she too starts to believe in the fake superstition she made up herself and this makes her hate Mrs Johnston whom she believes is trying to kill her son. The key message of the play is that hierarchical systems are wrong it is conveyed by the death of the twins, which implies that their difference in status led to their deaths. The director wanted to achieve an effect on the audience, which showed the grim reality of life during the 1960-80's. The audience reacted in a violent way, they virtually jumped out of their seats as the seats in view of the fact that the denouement was completely unexpected. Personally I significantly enjoyed the play, it was an excellent experience, which I am compelled to repeat if possible, and there are so many twist and turns in the plot that the audience are constantly kept on the edge of their seats. From this outing I have understood why it is important to not to laugh when doing a comedy scene. Also I have learnt that age and gender hold no relevance in most drama, in fact it would be more impressive if you played a character of a different age or gender than you as it would show your dramatic expertise. Evaluation 29/12/2009 Waleed Tariq 11LM

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