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I have been studying the play Blue Remembered Hills, by Dennis Potter. I will compare it with both Bugsy Malone and Blood Brothers, with reference to their period, the people and community, and the style used in the plays.

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Helen Clavering 10HS GCSE Drama Essay I have been studying the play Blue Remembered Hills, by Dennis Potter. I will compare it with both Bugsy Malone and Blood Brothers, with reference to their period, the people and community, and the style used in the plays. Blue Remembered Hills was set in West Country in the 1940's, the end of the Second World War, but first shown in 1979. It is about a single day in seven children's lives, and shows how varied their emotions and reactions can be. This contrasts with Blood Brothers, which follows the twins through their entire lives. This is meant to be from the late 60's to 80's. ...read more.

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I interpret Audrey as aggressive, plain and jealous, yet still hopeful. I tried to show this by using a whiny voice a lot and only standing tall when I was complaining. I tried to hold a generally annoyed expression, which was quite difficult, but because Audrey is a child I made her mood change very suddenly a lot. I found it challenging to make her a realistic child and to interact with the other characters the way she would, which made it interesting to me. I saw a Liverpool cast perform Blood Brothers. I was amazed at how childish they became, how we didn't notice their adult bodies until they wanted us to. ...read more.

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Blue Remembered Hills differs from the other two pieces I studied in that it is not a musical. Music adds a lot to these, changing the style of music can change the whole emotion such as in Blood Brothers when "The whole thing's just a game" and "The devil's got your number" have exactly the same tune, in very different styles. The accents in all three have to be different, Blood Brothers must be scouse while Bugsy is American and BRH is West Country. This accent is difficult if you have not heard it much and so our group tended to talk in a general northern slur. In conclusion, these are three very different dramatic pieces. They do have many similarities but the main one is that they are emotive and enjoyable to watch. ...read more.

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